The Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT (DVCS) has announced the launch of their new Facebook page in conjunction with White Ribbon Day on Tuesday 25 November 2014. The Domestic Violence Crisis Service Facebook page will be live on Monday evening and can be found at:
“Domestic Violence in our community is very real. It is something the majority of people consider a private issue. However, it is not. It is an issue our community needs to take responsibility for and do something about” says Executive Director, Mirjana Wilson. “So far this year 57 women have lost their lives to domestic violence within Australia. At the commencement of this year the average was 52, or one per week. This is too many.”
“It is important for people to remember domestic violence does not discriminate and there is no “typical” person effected by domestic violence. We provide assistance to anyone within the ACT regardless of age, gender, race, culture, gender orientation or religion.
We are excited to launch our Facebook page and thought it appropriate to coincide the launch with White Ribbon Day next Tuesday. Our Facebook page is another platform to provide general information about our services and other services in and around the ACT. We are also keen to engage with the younger generation and are hoping this will be a medium suited to that engagement. We do not intend for it to replace face to face or telephone crisis work, simply another method of getting us out into our community.” Mirjana says. “Our crisis workers are excellent at their job and take great pride in knowing they are contributing to the community around them. Our crisis workers provide crisis support, in often difficult situations.”
In addition to crisis support, DVCS are able to assist with emergency accommodation due to domestic violence, assist with the applying of a Domestic Violence Order, ongoing Court case tracking (when criminal charges have been made against the person using violence), support groups and ongoing referrals.
“We are particularly interested in increasing our support groups and hope our Facebook page might be an alternate way for people to obtain information as to what support groups are available. Most importantly, we want people to understand that domestic violence is a very real issue that we must take action against. We encourage people to contact us via our crisis line on 6280 0900 to seek support and advice. Often taking the first step is the hardest, and we appreciate that.”