Help is here for victims of domestic and family violence

2020-09-07T00:00:00

​The Shire of Manjimup is supporting the Help is Here campaign, to ensure all Australians know where to go for help if they are at risk of or experiencing violence.

We know many families in the shire are doing it tough as a result of COVID-19 but we want to remind everyone that there is no excuse for family or domestic violence.

COVID-19 has seen unprecedented stress and pressure on many families in our community. But tough times don't excuse tougher times at home. Help is here, use the support services available. 1800RESPECT and MensLine Australia offer free 24/7 advice and counselling online and by phone.

Shire President, Paul Omodei said it was important that all members of the community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, know that help is available.

"Here at the Shire of Manjimup, we are pleased that this campaign is helping all families know where to seek help if they need it. There are resources and services available to specifically support those at risk of or experiencing violence," he said.

"There is absolutely no excuse for family or domestic violence or abuse. As a community, we need to look out for each other. If you are experiencing family or domestic violence, you are not alone. Help is here" said Councillor Omodei.

The campaign is being rolled out nationally with advertising across Indigenous and mainstream media outlets and in shopping centres, hospitals, Aboriginal Medical Services and health services.

A list of support services, including helplines in each state and territory and information on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services is available at www.australia.gov.au/dvsupport​.

If you or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of domestic, family or sexual violence contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.

If you're worried about your actions or relationship, contact MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 for free, confidential advice, or visit MensLine.org.au.


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Authorised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer
Contact Sheri Laba, Public Relations Officer

​Contact for comment: Paul Omodei, Shire President
Contact: 0448 810 773​

Page reviewed: 07 Sep 2020 10:37am