Students take the fight to domestic violence

FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENCE: TAFE teacher Phil Baldwin and Welfare Advanced Diploma student/spokeswoman Amber Martin discuss details of the “Gathering of Unity” event with the project group.
FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENCE: TAFE teacher Phil Baldwin and Welfare Advanced Diploma student/spokeswoman Amber Martin discuss details of the “Gathering of Unity” event with the project group.

COFFS Coast TAFE students are taking the fight to domestic violence with a campaign to raise community awareness of the issue.

Characterising the issue is the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics reporting of 26,808 domestic violence related assaults in 2011.

As part of their Diploma in Community Services Work studies, a group of students has for the Action Group Against Domestic Violence as their major project for the year.

A rally and community forumis being held today by the students at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus on Hogbin Drive.

From 8am the students will hold a Gathering of Unity inviting motorists to "Honk if you love your family".

This will be followed by a forum at 9am, open to the public, examining the myriad complexities of the issue at O Block of the CHEC.

From physical assault and sexual abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, social and economic deprivation to verbal abuse and intimidation - the discussion will cover many aspects.

"Anyone exerting power and control over another person is committing an act of Domestic Violence," welfare student Amber Martin said.

"Domestic violence can have a devastating impact on a victims' quality of life, often resulting in feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drug dependency, and isolation from family and friends."



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