A Helping Hand At Christmas

A Helping Hand At Christmas

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Help For Domestic Violence Victims Available During Christmas

Victor P Taffa

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched a four-week domestic violence campaign to encourage individuals and families experiencing any form of domestic abuse to access free support services over the Christmas period.

Mrs. McSweeney said an increase in family and domestic violence often occurred at Christmas as a result of the combination of financial stress, alcohol and other family pressures.

“This campaign is designed to increase awareness of the availability of free domestic violence support and advice services that many people may not be aware of.”

“The campaign features radio and targeted advertising and will reach women who are most often the victims, in an environment where they are on their own and more likely to take action.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

 

“For most people Christmas is one of the happiest times of the year, but for families living with domestic violence, it can often be the worst.”

“Children and families should be able to enjoy Christmas without fear. If people are stressed or fearful of the situation they are in, they should know that help is only a phone call away.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

The Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599 is a 24-hour anonymous telephone service staffed by professional men, who do not judge, but listen and provide options.

The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339 is also staffed 24 hours a day by professionals who support women to make safe decisions and assist them to find accommodation if they need to leave an unsafe situation.