By Paul Dobbyn
CENTACARE SCOPE’s simple yet powerful YouTube clip to mark Domestic Violence Prevention Month has gained widespread support in the community.
The “No More” Campaign clip features Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Sunshine Coast Falcons rugby league players and radio presenter Caroline Hutchinson.
It has been screened on Channel 7 News and the Falcons plan to screen it at one of their games.
The well-known public figures repeat “No more” as they deliver a brief message against community attitudes to domestic violence.
Co-ordinator of Centacare’s Sunshine Coast Cooloola Outreach Prevention and Education (SCOPE) regional domestic violence service Karen Marsh said campaign support had been readily gained.
“Most people I approached were more than willing to participate, and what I thought might be a bit of a challenge was actually not so difficult,” she said.
“The Falcons have now offered to host a lunch at their next home game and to play the YouTube clip during half-time which will reach over one-thousand people.
“I am hoping we will gain many ‘likes’ and shares on Facebook in the coming month.”
Ms Marsh said domestic violence was an increasingly serious problem on the Sunshine Coast as well as nationally.
“Centacare’s service has supported 2620 women in Sunshine Coast courts in the past year,” she said. “The service is averaging 218 contacts a month.
“Nationally, 33 deaths this year have been associated with domestic and family violence, which equates to two women being killed per week.”
SCOPE’s “No More” Campaign was guided by a recommendation from a task force headed by former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce.
The task force produced the Not Now, Not Ever report for the Queensland Government.
“Community education was among recommendations as a way to change the Australian culture in the way people respond to domestic violence,” Ms Marsh said.
“The ‘No More’ Campaign seeks to raise awareness about domestic and family violence and thus aims to reduce violence and abuse within families and against children.
“It especially encourages men to be strong, stand up, stand together and take action to improve family relationships and make families safe.”