Education is the key to stopping violence

19th May 2017 1:21 PM
IMPORTANT ISSUE: Erin Jeffs from Centacare helped organise a march down Kingaroy St from Domestic Violence Awareness Week. IMPORTANT ISSUE: Erin Jeffs from Centacare helped organise a march down Kingaroy St from Domestic Violence Awareness Week. Michael Nolan

FROM 2006-2012 about 23 deaths in Queensland per year were linked to family violence.

Figures from DVConnect suggest this amounts to about 44% of all homicides.

Reducing or eliminating this violence was at the heart of marches like those held in Kingaroy, Murgon and Cherbourg today.

Erin Jeffs works for Centacare and is a part of the South Burnett Domestic Violence Strategy Group.

"We meet every month and talk about what's going on in the community, what the trends are and how we can raise awareness,” Ms Jeffs said.

She said changing attitudes toward family violence starts with young people.

"I can only speak for Centacare, we do go and speak in schools, we provide training for education staff. If you gather people in one place you can educate them as well as sharing space, and time and stories,” she said.

The South Burnett is not unique in the challenges our families face when dealing with violence, Ms Jeffs said.

"It's about money, it's about power and control,” she said.

She said giving women have a safe place to go was the biggest hurdle.

"Women die when they leave. While sometimes it's not safe to be at home, it's safer than leaving,” Ms Jeffs said.