Victim-Survivors of Domestic Violence encouraged to 'Speak Out'

25 Jun 2020 regional_development

Domestic violence victim-survivors are the focus of a new advertising campaign that encourages them to contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line for confidential support.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the NSW Domestic Violence Line is a 24/7 counselling and referral service.


“Everyone has the right to live a life free from violence, and the dedicated staff from the NSW Domestic Violence Line can help ensure victims are properly supported when they take the brave step of reporting abuse,” Mr Crouch said.


"I want everyone in our Central Coast community to feel that they can speak out when it is safe to do so.”


The campaign, launched on June 21, will feature the words ‘Speak Out’ painted on the lips of people of different age, gender, and cultural background to highlight that domestic violence does not discriminate.


"The campaign consists of ads, posters in medical centres and hospitals and boosted posts on social media platforms like Facebook so that victim-survivors can be reached in a range of ways,” Mr Crouch said.


“Advertising is also being rolled out at Bateau Bay Square, Deepwater Plaza, Erina Fair, Kincumber Village Shopping Centre, Lake Haven Shopping Centre, Peninsula Plaza and West Gosford Shopping Centre.”


The NSW Domestic Violence Line can help victim-survivors to develop a safety plan, find accommodation, including for their children, provide information about available services and advise on how best to contact police, lawyers and the courts. Free, confidential and 24/7 support is available on 1800 65 64 63.


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