Jimboomba Rotary Park received a new Endalldv bench to raise awareness for all domestic violence victims regardless of age, gender and sexuality on November 22 as part of the Endalldv Day free community lunch.
Logan City Council division 9 councillor Scott Bannon, who helped organise the event, said he was grateful to the community for showing their support and taking a stand against domestic violence.
“The fact that we had federal parliament members and staff here, the deputy mayor of Ipswich, the deputy mayor of Logan, the officer in charge, the ambulance, and the majority of the councillors from Logan turn up just shows how important it is to acknowledge all victims of domestic violence,” he said.
Cr Bannon said the concept of male domestic violence victims could be difficult to grasp due to lack of awareness, and educating the community was an important step for helping every victim access support.
“If we can start a bit of a movement and get some acknowledgment we can help all victims of DV,” he said.
“We did a lot of work at the family courts, and after speaking to literally thousands of families we identified a significant gap in service delivery, particularly for male victims,” he said.
Mr Erikson said the lunch and unveiling of the bench would help bring positive change for domestic violence victims.
“For us this is a huge event, because it’s the little drop in the ocean that produces the ripple of conversation and awareness,” he said.
“At the moment Jimboomba doesn’t have crisis accommodation, but from this we should hopefully see that.”
Mr Erikson said short-term crisis accommodation could include motels or dedicated housing to help both victims of domestic violence and perpetrators who may find themselves out of home without support.
“We’re of the opinion that you should be treating perpetrators as well as victims – perpetrators ideally to change their behavior, and to do that with respect and provide security while you’re doing it,” he said.
Mr Erikson said domestic violence was most common when perpetrators didn’t have access to support, and preventing people from committing DV was essential for ending the cycle of violence.
Jimboomba Police Station senior sergeant and officer in charge Peter Waugh said the bench was a good idea to continue to raise awareness and put an end to domestic violence.
“It’s a conversation starter, so it’s an ability for mums and dads and carers to actually speak to their kids about domestic violence and about stopping it,” he said.
“These days it’s not just physical violence; it’s the threats, the intimidation, the financial stuff, and more.”
Mr Waugh said people in the community were urged to report DV.
“There’s no excuse in any shape or form for domestic violence,” he said.