Baulkham Hills pubs, clubs, and hotels have thrown their weight behind the NSW Government’s Speak Out campaign that encourages domestic violence victim-survivors to call the State’s free 24/7 helpline for support.
Mr Elliott said ten venues in Baulkham Hills had received Speak Out posters for display in their venue this week.
“We know from victim-survivors and frontline domestic violence workers that one of the challenges during COVID-19 has been finding a safe place to seek help,” Mr Elliott said.
“A recent Australian Institute of Criminology report also found that domestic violence had risen during the pandemic, but a large proportion of victims were not reporting to police – demonstrating the timely role this campaign can play in promoting other support services.
“I’m pleased that venues in Baulkham Hills are ensuring that the critical messages in this campaign continue to reach those across the community to help keep women safe.”
AHA NSW Director, Liquor and Policing, John Green said domestic violence is never acceptable.
“Talented women make up a large percentage of our workforce and AHA NSW is proud to take a stand to support this worthwhile campaign,” Mr Green said.
“Hotels are part of the community and our members want it known domestic violence has absolutely no place in society.”
ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis said that clubs have a long history of supporting the most needy in our community, including those affected by domestic violence, so your local club is proud to get behind the Speak Out campaign.
“People suffering from domestic violence might feel alone, but they aren’t. They should not suffer in silence. Clubs across NSW are pleased to share the message that help is available – they just need to speak out,” Mr Landis said.
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman thanked AHA and Clubs NSW for their support of the campaign.
“I’m thrilled that thousands of venues will now have Speak Out posters available for display to ensure victim-survivors know that the trained counsellors at the NSW Domestic Violence Line are there to listen, and there to help,” Mr Speakman said.
The campaign features the words “Speak Out” painted on the lips of people of different ages and cultural backgrounds to highlight that domestic violence does not discriminate.
To date, the campaign has been in shopping centres including restrooms, near supermarkets and pharmacies, at bus stops, and in hospitals and medical centres where victim-survivors may feel safe to contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line.
The Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) can help victim-survivors to develop a safety plan, find accommodation, including for their children, provide information about services and advise on how best to contact police, lawyers and the courts. Interpreters are also available.
This campaign builds on the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to reduce domestic and family violence, including the NSW and Commonwealth investment of more than $21 million to boost frontline services across the State in May in response to COVID-19.
In addition, the $9 million COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Grant program kicked off on 26 August, after a further funding boost from the Federal Government, through which NSW domestic and family violence services can apply for one-off grants.
Grant applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 23 September 2020. To apply, complete the online application form at https://www.women.nsw.gov.au/commissioning/DFVCovid19Funding.