Learn how to stop violence

11-07-2018 by admin

An image from a recent advertising campaign against domestic violence.

There is always hope.

That will be the message propagated across Murray Bridge during a day of awareness-raising about domestic violence on Wednesday.

An evening seminar featuring researcher Sarah Wendt and MP Adrian Pederick will shine a spotlight on the issue, and two daytime workshops will teach bystanders safe ways of intervening in violent situations.

Event organiser Annette Korzeba, of Soroptimist International Murray Bridge, said nine South Australians had been killed by family members in the past year.

“The last one was Jody Meyers, from Mannum,” she said.

“As males and women, we’ve got to do something about this.

“There’s a double-digit number … of high-risk families in our area, people at risk of dying, death, murder.”

She gave the recent example of a woman who everyone had thought was “loopy” until they realised she was being “absolutely controlled” by her partner.

Their landlord had evicted the couple; now service providers had no idea about the woman’s welfare.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen something suspicious and thoughts ‘I’d like to help my neighbour but I don’t know what to do and I don’t want to risk making it worse, so I don’t think I’ll do anything’,” she said.

“Desi (Alexandridis), she’ll talk about (how) we can address domestic violence if we see it happening:what to say, how to say it so it won’t be taken the wrong way.”

She also endorsed the idea behind the federal government’s current anti-violence campaign, which has the theme “stop it at the start”.

“When I was in the school system I used to go through the staff room and, on a whiteboard, see the faces of all the kids who were suspended,” she said.

“It bothered me the boys would be suspended for unruly behaviour and the girls would hide or abscond.”

Workshops: 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm Wednesday, Murray Bridge RSL.Seminar: 6.15-8pm Wednesday, Murray Bridge Town Hall.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名.

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