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What you can do

Many Queenslanders are taking up the Not Now, Not Ever challenge to put an end to domestic and family violence. How will you take up the challenge:

Workplaces

  • Hold a morning or afternoon tea during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May to raise awareness among staff about the issue. Show videos and distribute brochures. Staff may even be inspired to work as a team to raise awareness among clients and the community.
  • Consider how you can incorporate the Not Now, Not Ever messages into your business during the month of May. For example a café might print messages on recyclable coffee cups for distribution whereas office staff may add the Not Now, Not Ever signature block to their emails.
  • Distribute our brochures and help cards to staff. Order extra copies and leave them in the kitchen or break room so staff can read them and learn about domestic and family violence as well as where to get help.
  • Introduce and promote workplace policies about supporting employees affected by domestic violence.
  • Refer to the Queensland Government’s domestic and family violence workplace support package which is available for local government, business and non-government organisations to tailor to their workplace.
  • Host a fundraising event such as a movie night for a local domestic violence support service. Use our free resources to promote your event.
  • Create a workplace culture where employees feel confident to do something if they see or hear sexist, harassing, discriminatory or other types of behaviours and attitudes that underpin violence against women.
  • Take steps for your workplace to receive White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation.
  • If your business provides a service that could help people leave an abusive situation or start over, consider working with a local support group or refuge to make your service available free of charge.
  • Media organisations can depict domestic and family violence in ways that create a better understanding of the nature of the problem, as well as best represent ways to respond. Visit Our Watch for more information.
  • Find out what others are doing in their workplace.

Community groups and sporting clubs

  • Coaches, club managers, parents and other community leaders should model appropriate behaviour and hold group members accountable when they make sexist remarks, trivialise violence or blame victims.
  • Promote gender equality in your community, religious or sporting club; there is a strong link between gender equality and violence against women.
  • Organise a special event to raise awareness about domestic and family violence and where to get help using our free resources to promote the event.
  • Sporting groups can dedicate matches to raise awareness that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated. Some teams wear a special coloured jersey, socks, caps or ribbon on the day to generate discussion, while volunteers hand out brochures to supporters.
  • November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also White Ribbon Day is on November 22. On these days, or during November, many sporting clubs host a White Ribbon Round or wear a white ribbon or wristband to start positive discussions about attitudes and behaviours in relation to men’s violence against women.

Schools

  • Schools play a key role in breaking the cycle of violence by teaching young people how to build respectful relationships. During Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May, make respectful relationships the common theme for discussion.
  • Order campaign resources such as posters to display and free stickers to distribute to students to help them understand the issue and where to get support.
  • Encourage students to produce posters depicting respectful relationships and hold a poster exhibition during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.
  • Find out about the Breaking the Silence Schools Program and become recognised as a White Ribbon School.
  • Hold a gold coin donation event, such as a morning tea or fun run, to raise money for a local domestic violence service or shelter and generate discussion that violence against women and children is not acceptable. The funds raised could help pay for school items for children in a local women’s refuge.

Individuals

More information

Contacts

  • In an emergency call the police on Triple Zero (000)
  • DVConnect Womensline – phone 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • DVConnect Mensline – phone 1800 600 636 (9am to 12 midnight, 7 days)
  • 1800 RESPECT – phone 1800 737 732 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Kids Helpline – phone 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Elder Abuse Helpline – Queensland phone 1300 651 192, rest of Australia phone (07) 3867 2525 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline (Queensland) – phone 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days)