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Yet these numbers only just touch the surface of the deep suffering that women and children experience.
We know that on average, one woman a week is killed by her intimate partner, and approximately one quarter of women in Australia have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner.
We hear an incident of domestic and family violence is reported to the police every two minutes.
Data is important to tell one part of the story, but people are not numbers. And we see that women and their children are living in distress every day, terrorised and vulnerable through manipulation, control and fear.
And to be perfectly honest, we have had enough. We want to play our part in the change that is needed.
The issue of domestic and family violence in Australia is significant – it is greater than BaptistCare HopeStreet could ever have anticipated when we first began working in this area over 30 years ago.
Over this time, we have developed a whole of family approach that seeks to end the cycle of abuse and build safer families.
This means coming alongside women and children, to help them rebuild their lives and to have new choices. In working with their choices, our focus remains constant - our priority is always their safety and wellbeing.
to help them to be held accountable for their abusive attitudes and behaviour, to make better choices in their relationships and to be the partner and father that they aspire to be.
We believe that lives can be transformed and that deep change is possible for our nation, and vital for the future of our communities and our families. All of us can play a part.
All women deserve the opportunities that are found in safe and loving relationships. Wouldn’t you agree?
Sadly, when we scratch beneath the surface, we see that domestic violence often bruises beyond the skin.
More Than Skin Deep is BaptistCare’s initiative to educate on how you can recognise and respond to domestic violence.
Understand the many types of violence, and where you can find support, or how to respond to and refer someone you care about towards help.