Victims of Domestic Violence Urged to 'Speak Out'

Domestic violence victim-survivors on the Northern Beaches and across NSW are the focus of a new advertising campaign that encourages victims to contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line, a 24/7 counselling and referral service, for confidential support.

Member for Manly James Griffin said COVID-19 restrictions have potentially increased the challenges victims face when seeking help.

"Worryingly, domestic violence victim-survivors across our community have possibly found it more difficult than ever to access the support and refuge they need,” Mr Griffin said.

“Everyone has the right to live a life free from violence, and the dedicated staff of the Domestic Violence Line can help ensure victims are properly supported when they take that brave step of reporting their abuse.”

The campaign will feature the words ‘Speak Out’ painted on the lips of people of different age, gender, and cultural background to highlight that domestic violence does not discriminate. 

"The campaign will run across a range of platforms to reach as many community members as possible,” Mr Griffin said.

"Messages will run in community languages on SBS radio, public posters will appear in retail precincts and social media platforms like Facebook and WeChat will also run this crucial campaign.”

The Domestic Violence Line can help victim-survivors to develop a safety plan, find accommodation, including for their children, provide information about available services and advise on how best to contact police, lawyers and the courts.

Mr Griffin said the campaign builds on the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to reduce domestic violence, including the recent NSW and Commonwealth investment of more than $21 million to boost frontline services across the State in response to COVID-19.

"I encourage any member of the community to contact the Domestic Violence line for free, confidential and 24/7 support on 1800 65 64 63. Interpreters are also available," Mr Griffin said.

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