‘Conversations over Coffee’ Campaign Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence

05/12/2016

Georges River Council is proud to support a new public awareness campaign that aims to generate conversation about domestic violence in the St George area.  
 
The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December 2016 and coincides with the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
 
One in three women has experienced physical violence, according to the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics.
 
Organisations across the local government area are working together to eliminate domestic violence in the community, including: St George Domestic Violence Service, Barnardos Australia, Moving Forward, Georges River Council, Bayside Council and St George Local Area Command.
 
Local cafes and restaurants have been given 25,000 coffee cups with an important message printed on to each of them, which encourages victims of domestic violence to reach out and receive support.
 
As part of the initiative, young people were invited to design a poster for the ‘Conversations over Coffee’ campaign and the winning artwork was printed and transformed into compostable coffee cups.
 
The Domestic Violence Project Committee has also provided handouts with useful contact numbers including the NSW Domestic Violence Line, which is the first point of contact for many women to receive help.
 
The campaign was officially launched at the Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre on 23 November and was attended by representatives from government and non-government service organisations, local businesses and community members.
 
The campaign organisers will be calling on café owners in the coming weeks to discuss the community’s reaction to the messages and the feedback will help to form similar projects in the future.
 
To find out more, please contact Daniela Oliveiro, Community Development Officer at Georges River Council, on 9330 9464.
 
If you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Violence, contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week) for information and support.
 
Alternatively, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au
 
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