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Billboard breaks down silence on domestic violence

SILENCE keeps domestic violence hidden.

This was one of many messages from the hundreds of Gympie supporters pounding the pavement down Mary St on Tuesday during the Peace Begins at Home Walk.

The walk was organised by Gympie Community Place and the Women's Information Service and was complemented by a large billboard showing the community's stance against domestic violence.

That billboard features Gympie men showing their support to stop violence, conveying the simple message that everyone deserves to feel safe in the community.

The billboard has been erected on the side of a heritage-listed building, home to Power and Cartwright Solicitors, in Mary St (just above the Mary St RSL carpark entrance).

Community Action Erin House manager Bernadette Wright was thrilled with the billboard's placement after the successful walk on Tuesday.

"The billboard sends a strong message of hope and support with a particular focus on positive male role models," she said.

"(This) responds to the many young children that we have counselled who have been denied the mentoring of a dedicated and non-violent father."

MESSAGE HITS THE STREETS: Community Action Erin House manager Bernadette Wright with colleagues and the newly installed billboard on the side of Power and Cartwright Solicitors in Mary St yesterday.
MESSAGE HITS THE STREETS: Community Action Erin House manager Bernadette Wright with colleagues and the newly installed billboard on the side of Power and Cartwright Solicitors in Mary St yesterday.

The walk and billboard initiatives have won community support.

"Domestic and family violence is a problem we all own," Llew O'Brien said.

"One of the abuser's greatest weapons is their ability to convince the victim to stay silent about the abuse.

This is why as a society we need to stand together, understand the problem and identify where it is happening so we can help the victims."

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