Lifeline Fraser Coast general manager Paul Scully is encouraging people to say no to violence by supporting White Ribbon Day.
Lifeline Fraser Coast general manager Paul Scully is encouraging people to say no to violence by supporting White Ribbon Day. Kristy Martin/Fraser Coast Chronicle

Wear ribbon to help stop the violence

VIOLENCE in any way, shape or form is unacceptable.

And all Aussie men should swear to end violence against women.

These are the messages being promoted by White Ribbon Day, which will be celebrated across the country this Wednesday.

It is particularly important for Fraser Coast residents to recognise the campaign. Domestic violence is a significant problem in our region.

“From our point of view, domestic violence is a real issue in the Fraser Coast community,” Lifeline Fraser District general manager Paul Scully said.

“Often people don’t realise they are being violent because it’s emotional and psychological.

“Parents don’t realise that when they fight it can really affect a child who is listening.

“We are really encouraging men to take responsibility to not be violent to their partner and child, but not just those in a relationship.

“It could be young men and dating violence or even violence in the workplace.”

With Lifeline being an organisation that provides a range of support services, Mr Scully said its staff and volunteers had first-hand experience with the fallout from domestic violence.

“What we actually see is women having to leave their home to get away, to be safe, and having to go to a refuge,” he said.

“Other things (we see) are women fearing for their lives, whether they’ve been threatened with weapons or harmed in some way and also fearing for the lives of their children.”

A White Ribbon Day luncheon will be held at the Carriers Arms Hotel in Maryborough tomorrow y from noon to 2pm.

The guest speaker will be University of Queensland lecturer Dr Brian Sullivan.

“Brian Sullivan is considered a leading expert in domestic violence prevention,” Mr Scully said.

“So we are asking everyone, particularly men, to come along and listen.

“We want bosses to get out there and shout their male staff, which will encourage them to be committed to not being violent to women.”

Mr Scully said people could also purchase a white ribbon from Lifeline in Maryborough or Hervey Bay to support the cause.

Wearing the ribbon is a pledge that you don’t condone violence against women and are committed to supporting community action to stop violence by men against women.

Those wanting to attend the luncheon, which costs $16, will need to book by contacting Lifeline on 4122 9000 or 4191 3100.



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