NSW Domestic Violence Line receive 1000 additional calls during ‘Speak Out’ campaign

 

HUNDREDS of domestic violence victim-survivors have contacted support services following the NSW Government’s ‘Speak Out’ campaign, with the positive statewide impact prompting another round of the campaign to begin today.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the high profile campaign to encourage victim-survivors to contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line drove a spike in requests for support.

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“The NSW Domestic Violence Line received 1000 additional calls during the campaign period, which enabled their experienced frontline staff to support more people to escape abusive relationships,” Mr Singh said.

The powerful image of women’s faces with ‘Speak Out’ written across them will be rolled out once again thanks to COVID-19 stimulus funding announced last year.

A key feature of ‘Speak Out’ is the diversity of people represented, including those of different ages, and cultures.

The expanded campaign will appear across metropolitan and regional NSW and on social media, focusing on multicultural and Aboriginal audiences complemented by in-language radio advertisements, plus Koori Radio.

“The campaign’s message to victim-survivors is simple – every member of our society has the right to live their life free from abuse and violence,” Mr Singh said.

“The campaign will ensure that language is not a barrier to services, information and support for victim-survivors.

“I’m pleased to report that resources and ads will be featured in Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Punjabi, Hindi, and Vietnamese so everyone across our community can access crucial support.”

The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) can help victim-survivors 24/7 with free, confidential support including finding accommodation, providing information about frontline services and contacting police, lawyers and the courts. Interpreters are also available.

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