Councils across Queensland have been involved in various campaigns and initiatives aimed at promoting awareness and prevention of domestic abuse.
In the City of Gold Coast, there have been campaigns via internal and external marketing platforms.
Residents have been provided with safety information cards and given the “Purple book” containing information about abuse and where to find DFV support.
Mackay Regional Council has convened a Mayor’s DV taskforce with representation from senior government, non-government, and business communities to develop shared initiatives. This includes the successful Mackay Draws the Line Sticker Campaign
Moreton Bay Regional Council has supported the red bench project, installing 12 benches to help raise awareness of abuse. A new DFV page has been created on the council website to inform residents about abuse, council initiatives and where to get help.
Redland City Council provides 10 days paid leave for any employees affected by domestic and family abuse. The council has supported the annual Diner en Rouge fundraising event which has contributed more than $330,000 for local domestic violence support services.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council delivered events during DFV awareness month, including a candle-lighting ceremony. This was supported by a social messaging campaign and a walk against violence.
The council has made funding available for DFV community projects through its community grant program.
Winton Shire Council has established a Human and Social Services Group, consisting of police, ambulance, family and youth support. It was responsible for initiating the “Safe at Home Never Alone” campaign, including creating a logo that will be used on council cars and police vehicles.
Winton Council has been successful with funding for emergency responses. This has allowed an opportunity to support victims of abuse with emergency accommodation, food vouchers, clothing, and fuel.
The Local Government Association of Queensland’s DFV project seeks to build on this excellent work being carried out by councils.
Over the next 12 months, it will continue to support the role councils can play in raising awareness of abuse and developing prevention projects – thereby making our communities safer places to live and work.
Click here to access a free violence prevention toolkit specifically designed for local government.