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It’s Time to Flush Domestic Violence Down the Dunny

By Northern Beaches Council
Posted: 1 Sep 2020
Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay
With reports of domestic and family violence increasing during the pandemic crisis, Northern Beaches Council is reminding residents where they can get help and support.

Council resolved last Tuesday to roll out the placement of emergency and counselling contact DV stickers on its 115 public amenities and 23 sports facilities.

This initiative was made possible through input from the Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Network, whose longstanding guidance to Council on domestic violence matters is invaluable.

Stickers will be posted on about 600 Council restroom cubicle doors with the 1800RESPECT contact number and website address.

Mayor Michael Regan said with COVID-19 creating a unique set of challenges for families and relationships, it’s more important than ever we tackle this insidious violence.

“Now more than ever social isolation means victims are at home more with perpetrators, and there may be additional pressures including job worries, financial pressure and anxiety about the future.

“For those in an unsafe environment, we are reminding people where they can get help by contacting the national sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service – 1800RESPECT,” Cr Regan said.

There have been reports of increased domestic violence cases across the world, with 1800RESPECT recording an increase of 11 per cent more calls to its helpline compared to last year.

Google also reported a 75 per cent increase in internet searches relating to support for domestic violence.

“We want to remind people if they are experiencing domestic violence, there are very good professional services available a phone call away,” he said.

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, contact

1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or www.1800RESPECT.org.au available 24/7.

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

 
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