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NSW Police and PFLAG to raise awareness of LGBTI domestic violence
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NSW Police and PFLAG to raise awareness of LGBTI domestic violence

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:34 Written by // Ron Hughes

Kings Cross Police will be joining forces with community representatives on Saturday, August 2, to raise awareness of domestic violence within the LGBTI communities.

In conjunction with PFLAG and local MP Alex Greenwich, police will be holding a stall at the Organic Food Market in Fitzroy Gardens from 9am.

They will be offering information and assistance regarding domestic violence, and what people can do to make a difference, no matter how it might touch their lives.

They will also have information about how you can help friends or relatives who might be suffering in silence.

Superintendent Tony Crandell, the NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Sexuality & Gender Diversity said police support any initiative that will help combat domestic violence.

"Domestic and family violence is an issue for all communities, but we know there are some extra challenges for many LGBTIQ people in seeking help and reporting to police,” Crandell said.

“(We want to) reinforce the important role police play in addressing domestic violence and that early reporting is the key to minimising harm.”

Kings Cross Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, Constable Danielle Witton urged people from the LGBTI communities to attend on the day.

“Sometimes what stops people helping, or seeking help, is a lack of awareness about the resources available," Witton explained.

"We want to work with the community and other service providers to ensure that domestic violence is never swept under the carpet.

"Domestic violence, in any form, is never okay.”

Victims or witnesses of violence or crime can report to police in a number of ways:

  • In an emergency, call 000 (Triple Zero)
  • For non-emergencies, contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444
  • Attend your local police station

police.nsw.gov.au

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Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

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