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24/05/2018
Nurse Natters
 
 
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month
 
Every May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated. 
 
So what is domestic and family violence?
Domestic and family violence happens when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to control the other person. It is usually an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling a partner through fear. 
 
The abuse is not always physical, it can be emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, psychological or technology based – or other controlling and threatening behaviours that cause the person being abused to be fearful.  
 
Domestic and Family Violence can involve intimate partner relationships, boyfriends/girlfriends, parents, siblings, extended family members and informal carers. 
 
It’s important to remember that anyone can be the victim of domestic and family violence, regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, background or living arrangements. However, women are disproportionally affected by domestic and family violence and it continues to be a major health and social justice issue. 
 
So regardless of  whether you are a young person or an older person, whether you have been in your relationship for many years or just a short time, it's important to evaluate whether your relationship continues to be safe and respectful. 
 
In a healthy relationship, both partners feel free to state their opinions, make their own decisions, to be themselves. There is an equal balance of power between partners. 
 
In a relationship where there is domestic and family violence, there is an imbalance of power between the parties. The perpetrator of violence may exert that power through a range of controlling behaviours. 
 
If you or someone you know is at risk of Domestic and Family Violence the best thing you can do is encourage them to seek help and support. For further information please review Queensland Government’s Bystander campaign on line about how you can help. If we all remain bystanders these statistics will never change. 
 
If you need someone to talk to about anything you have read or have questions about local supports please don’t hesitate to contact the School Nurse at Toolooa State High School. 
 
Yours in Health
 
Kerry O’Connell (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
(School Based Youth Health Nurse)