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Joining forces to tackle domestic violence

Redland City Council has joined with local police to shine a light on issues such as domestic violence through the Volunteers in Policing and Crime Prevention Corner initiatives.

Part of its community safety strategy, Council has been working with police to highlight areas of community concern, most recently offering information to those affected by family and domestic violence.

The campaign supported the launch of Red Rose Foundation’s Red Bench Project during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May, when a bench in the plaza outside Cleveland Library was painted red by Council to remind everyone of the need to stand up against violence and abuse. The bench in one of Cleveland’s busiest community areas

bears a plaque which says “Change the Ending”, symbolising the need to stand up and do something about family and domestic violence and support those affected by it.

It was unveiled ahead of Mayor Karen Williams’ annual fundraiser Dîner en Rouge, which raised another $70,000 for local domestic violence services, taking the total to $330,000 in the past five years.

During the gala Dîner en Rouge event, Redland Coast’s Maybanke Accommodation & Crisis Support Service was presented with a cheque for $250,000 to furnish four new crisis accommodation units being provided by the State Government and provide toys and comfort for the children and women who find safety there.

Crime Prevention Corner posts will be issued monthly to highlight local areas of concern, such as road, home or personal safety.

Info: DCPC.Wynnum@police.qld.gov.au.

Where to get help

In an emergency: call the Police on Triple Zero (000)

DV Connect Womensline: 1800 811 811 www.dvconnect.org/womensline/

DV Connect Mensline: 1800 600 636 www.dvconnect.org/mensline/

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 www.kidshelpline.com.au/

Lifeline Phone: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au/