Council and QPS unite against domestic and family violence

Townsville City Council and the Queensland Police Service have made a united front against domestic and family violence by signing a Statement of Commitment.

The Statement of Commitment is another step that Council has taken to educate, advocate for and support employees and community members who have experienced the effects of domestic or family violence.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she is proud that Council could get involved in such an important campaign.

“I’m extremely proud of the role Council can play in educating our community and supporting both employees and residents that may have experienced domestic or family violence in some form,” Cr Hill said.

“I want all residents of Townsville to feel safe and supported at all times and Council can play it’s part in having the conversation and spreading awareness on the issue.

White Ribbon Ambassador Councillor Russ Cook said domestic and family violence is an issue he has been passionate about since his time as a police officer.

“I was a Police Officer for many years and have always been a strong advocate for stamping out domestic and family violence within our community,” Cr Cook said.

“The White Ribbon Accreditation and the Statement of Commitment are fantastic educational opportunities and are a way for Council to lead by example for our community.

“I am extremely passionate about ending domestic violence, every single person deserves to feel safe wherever they are – whether that is at home, in public or in the workplace.”

The requirements for the White Ribbon Accreditation include fostering a safe and respectful workplace where all employees feel supported and demonstrating a commitment to preventing or responding to cases of family violence.

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