White Ribbon: no to violence against women.
White Ribbon: no to violence against women. Matthew Deans

South Burnett says no to violence against women

THE message that violence against women is unacceptable was strong and clear at the White Ribbon breakfast at SB Care in Kingaroy this morning.

Guests, speakers and those representing community and business organisations in the region all took a stand against an issue that affects families from all backgrounds of Australian communities.

The South Burnett District Law Association and the Rotary Club of Kingaroy sponsored the event and guest speakers Jim Sloane from the Graham House Community Centre and Kingaroy Magistrate Simon Young spoke on the issue.

South Burnett District Law Association president Caroline Cavanagh said over $6,000 was raised for intervention and support programs in the South Burnett.

"The event was so well supported from quite diverse sectors of the community and it shows that a lot of different people care about this issue," Ms Cavanagh said.

"It gives us hope that we can work together to make the community a safer place."

In a special White Ribbon breakfast in Brisbane this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queensland public servants would be able to access special leave for legal, medical and other help in dealing with domestic violence.

Public sector workers will have a minimum of 10 days of special leave available.

Ms Palaszczuk said the ongoing scourge of domestic violence, and women dying at the hands of their partners, should infuriate all Australians.

"As premier these awful events … fill me with frustration and anger. But also with deep resolve," she said.

"We need to change the way we treat each other.

"We need a cultural change."