Time to end the trauma of Domestic Violence

IT'S been a long six months for those at the forefront of Queensland's war on domestic terrorism.

On February 28, former Australian governor general Quentin Bryce gave her Not Now, Not Ever report to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Inside the well-researched document were 140 recommendations aimed at turning the tide on the scourge that is tearing our families apart.

As the government mulled over the document, 17 Queenslanders lost their lives to family violence and DVConnect - the state-wide domestic violence support hotline - fielded tens of thousands of calls from desperate victims.

On Tuesday, the long wait to see how the government would respond to the report ended as Ms Palaszczuk revealing the State Government would roll out every one of the recommendations.

The government must be commended for committing itself to such a broad, in-depth and costly response to domestic violence.

As the state moves forward with tougher penalties, education programs and victim support and offender rehabilitation initiatives, there's one thing every one of us should not lose sight of.

You and I are the most effective weapons in this war.

The brutal truth is we feed the perpetrator's power when we turn a blind eye to their emotional, sexual, financial and physical abuse.

Let's help make the government's job that much easier by taking a stand and saying no to domestic violence and doing what we can to hold offenders accountable.

Sherele Moody is the lead journalist on APN Australian Regional Media's Terror at Home Campaign, for which she has been short-listed for a 2015 Clarion journalism excellence award.

Topics:  domestic violence opinion terrorathome trauma

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