May is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Domestic violence prevention is always a part of Apunipima’s wellbeing conversation, and for the month of May Apunipima is advocating and supporting capacity in Community to have the conversation around domestic violence and prevention.
Domestic and family violence can be both in the form of physical and emotional abuse. The messages are:
Learn to identify domestic violence and when it could be taking place
Create a supportive environment, know who you can go to and where safe places are in your community
Be prepared to leave, have a bag packed, know how to exit and if children need to exit too
Both men and women can be a victim of domestic and family violence
A number of events in community will be marking the importance of preventing domestic and family violence.
Apunipima is partnering with the Women’s Shelter and community in Kowanyama to facilitate yarning circles, candlelight vigil, and a march to raise awareness about Domestic Violence Prevention. Men and women from the Men’s Group, Women’s Group, school, Apunipima, and other organisations in the community will be participating in the March. A Reflections session will be held to make time to think about those who have been lost to domestic violence in Community.
May 16th & May 25th Women’s Shelter Yarning Circle
May 29th Women’s Group and Candlelight Vigil and Reflections Session
May 30th Domestic Violence Prevention March
Apunipima is partnering up with the school and Women’s Shelter to deliver Domestic Violence Prevention education through the Pormpuraaw Healthy Kids programme.
May 23rd Healthy Kids Domestic Violence Education Session
Help is available. If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is available. You can:
Go to a Women’s Shelter
Call the 24/7 confidential helpline - 1800 RESPECT