Sunday, 6 May 2007

May is prevent DV month in Queensland

Men who use violence or abuse in domestic and family situations are being encouraged to stop their unacceptable behaviour and seek help.

That is the message for the Queensland Government's 2007 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, which was officially launched by Communities Minister Warren Pitt.

Mr Pitt said Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month was not just an issue for women, it was an issue for men and an issue for everyone in the community.

"The month of May is the perfect time for all Queenslanders to band together and take a stand against domestic and family violence," he said.

"The message of the 2007 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Campaign is: Domestic and family violence. See the signs. Be the solution.

"While we know that men can also be victims, it is estimated that 98 per cent of perpetrators are men, so I urge all men who use abuse or violence to stop their unacceptable behaviour and seek help."

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month also targets people who do not believe that domestic and family violence is an issue.

"Sadly, attitudes like that effectively condone violent behaviour from others," he said.

"Silence is dangerous, so I urge everyone to look out for the signs of domestic and family violence, speak out against it, and be part of the solution."

Across the state, Credit Union Australia (CUA) is supporting the month-long campaign by selling $2 key ring tape measures in its Queensland branches, with proceeds donated to the government-funded helpline for those affected by domestic and family violence.

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