SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUMMER SCOURGE
People suffering from domestic violence are being urged to seek safety and support over summer - a season that historically sees a spike in such behaviour.
The festive season is an opportunity for families to spend more time together, to socialise with friends and to take time out from our busy schedules.
Unfortunately, the celebratory season can quickly turn into one of tragedy, with many suffering at the hands of a violent partner or family member.
We know that domestic violence is seasonal, with BOCSAR data revealing that domestic violence assaults increase by 35 per cent in summer compared with winter.
The statistics also tell us that the number of violent offences on New Year's Day is the highest all year.
There are many great events happening around the our area during the festive season, so please be safe, report any unusual or suspicious behaviour to police, and seek support from specialist services for yourself or someone you might be concerned, about, if needed.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced domestic or family violence, the services available to provide support include:
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 is a confidential information, counselling and support service;
NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463 is a statewide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women;
Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491 provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men;
Link2Home 1800 152 152 can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation; and,
Lifeline 13 11 14 is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
If you are in danger or in an emergency, always contact Triple Zero (000).