Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Give the gift of safety and respect this Christmas

    21/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Those experiencing family and domestic violence are encouraged to seek help 
    • People are being urged to contact support services to help keep them safe from family and domestic violence during this holiday season 
    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said family and domestic violence could be experienced by anyone at any time regardless of class, religion, ethnicity, age or sexual preference.
     
    “Many women and children live in fear of family and domestic violence on a daily basis and this should never be tolerated in our community,” Mrs McSweeney said.
     
    “Sadly, at special times of the year, we often see an escalation in the incidence of this unacceptable behaviour.
     
    “The festive season often brings family pressures to the surface, with increased financial stress and alcohol consumption contributing to incidents of family and domestic violence.”
     
    In communicating the message to seek help and support this holiday season, the Minister said everyone had a right to a peaceful and joyful Christmas.
     
    “Christmas should be a special and magical time, particularly for children, but in many families this is not the case with domestic violence causing severe physical, emotional and psychological harm,” she said.
     
    “I urge everyone to think about their behaviour at this time of year and act responsibly to provide safe and protective environments for their loved ones this holiday season.
     
    “We all have a role to play to offer support to family and friends when we see behaviours that may place people at risk.”
     
    The Department for Child Protection funds 37 family and domestic violence accommodation and support services, offering assistance to victims to help keep them safe.
     
    Since 2008, two new domestic violence refuges have been built and last month a new women’s refuge was announced for Busselton.
     
           Fact File
    • In an emergency contact 000
    • 24-hour Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline FREECALL 1800 007 339
    • 24-hour Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline FREECALL 1800 000 599
    • Since 2008, Liberal-National Govt has opened two new refuges for women and children fleeing domestic violence and announced plans for a third refuge in the South-West
    Minister’s office - 6552 6500