Bright reminder to shine light on domestic and family violence

A park bench at Mudgeeraba’s Rotary Park has been painted red as part of a national initiative to raise awareness for domestic and family violence.

The Red Bench Project was created by the Red Rose Foundation in 2019 and aims to bring domestic and family violence to light by creating visible and permanent reminders of the issue in public settings across the country.

Division 9 Mudgeeraba and Hinterland Councillor Glenn Tozer said the project will hopefully stimulate much-needed community conversation around domestic and family violence.

“The Red Bench project hopes to bring these conversations into the public domain, instead of behind closed doors, where we can help each other together.”

“The stress of family life can be difficult to manage at times. It’s often these circumstances, sometimes compounded by alcohol or substance use, that lead to a higher risk of violent incidents plaguing the family environment,” Cr Tozer said. “It’s important that conversations around family conflict remain present – and respectful – in our communities.”

LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said she was pleased to see the City of Gold Coast supporting the important work of the Red Rose Foundation.

“As a survivor of domestic violence, I’m proud to represent the LNP for this important cause in my electorate of Mudgeeraba,” said Ms Bates.

“More needs to be done to stamp out this abhorrent behaviour and support victims and their families.

“The LNP is committed to deliver a comprehensive Domestic Violence plan to protect victims, punish offenders and keep Queensland communities safe.”

The Red Rose Foundation is a national not for profit charity who works to end domestic violence across Australian communities.

If you feel like you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to one of the services below:

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78.
DV Connect Womensline 1800 811 811
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Policelink 131 444 (for non-urgent queries)

To find more info on the Red Rose Foundation visit here.

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