Behind Closed Doors
ARE YOU A SUPPORTER OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Silence supports violence.
It might be a sweeping statement on a very complex issue, but the best defense we have against domestic violence is to speak up. This isn’t the responsibility of those experiencing violent relationships. It’s friends, family, neighbours, bystanders – people who see something; know something even, but fail to speak up. Just think, every time you choose silence, women are being raped, bruised, abused and even killed. It’s a scary thought, and the statistics back it up. The International Violence Survey against Women was conducted throughout Australia in1996 and 2005. The survey asked women about their experiences of violence and found that:
- 5.8 per cent of women had experienced domestic violence in the 12 month period preceding the survey in 2005 compared with 7.1 per cent in 1996.
- 4.7 per cent of these women had experienced physical violence (this includes physical assault and threat of physical assault) in 2005 compared with 5.9 per cent in 1996, and 1.6 per cent had experienced sexual violence (this includes sexual assault and threat of sexual assault) compared to 1.5 per cent in 1996
But your voice can change the outcome.
Have a look around silentsupporterwear.com. Get yourself acquainted with the behaviours and traits that are so often predictors of domestic violence. Then turn up the volume on this unseen ugliness. Chat with your friends about how you won’t stand for disrespectful behaviour. Ask friends, family or colleagues experiencing these traits, ‘Is everything okay, how can I help?”. Or call us and discuss it.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone in an intimate relationship. So, if you or someone you know is experiencing this type of abuse, speak up. Get advice support and help .
Silent Supporter Wear was established in 2004 in SYDNEY SOUTH (originally named the Australia Centre for Domestic Violence).
Why we provide our service?
Before the Silent Supporter Wear was operational, the Police and victims faced two problems when using local firms of solicitors Melbourne to obtain non-molestation orders. Generally, solicitors were only willing to accept clients that were either eligible for public funding or clients who could afford to pay privately, thus leaving all those people ‘not eligible’ with no access to funds, unprotected.
The other main issue was that solicitors were taking between two days and two weeks to get the client into court and obtain the order.
We were convinced that victims of domestic violence and abuse could be daunted by the vast amount of various legal agencies offering to assist. We saw the need for a one-stop-shop where the concerns of those in an abusive situation could be addressed in their language and on their terms. Furthermore, this streamlined service, could and should be free and accessible to everybody.
Here at The Hotline, we’re talking about the topics related to domestic violence — and we want to hear what you have to say.
Silent Supporter Wear offers free and confidential support and services for people of domestic violence through our community-based services, a legal program, and workshops and training. We provide services and support throughout Australia, with a supportive hotline in SYDNEY SOUTH.
- Emergency Safe Home
- 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline
- Legal Services
- Counselling & Support Groups
Silent Supporter Wear serves over 500 survivors of domestic violence annually through our community-based services. Contact us if you would like to learn more about how you can support our work!
Address:71 Ocean Street, SYDNEY SOUTH, New South Wales 2000
Silent Supporter Wear Line: 1900 654 321