The Fire Tackling Domestic Violence

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Fire tackling domestic violence

May 12, 2015, 08:50 AM AEST

The JCU Townsville Fire has teamed up with the Toyota North Queensland Cowboys and the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service to launch a local ‘Tackle Domestic Violence’ awareness campaign.

As a contribution to Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Fire has joined forces with the Cowboys and NQWLS and will launch the initiative this week during the Cowboys’ NRL blockbuster against the Brisbane Broncos at 1300 Smiles Stadium on Friday night.

“It’s up to each and every Australian to ensure that we tackle domestic violence,” Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody said.

“Domestic violence is never acceptable under any circumstances and we felt obligated as a club to take a stand and to contribute to Domestic Violence Awareness month with the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service and the Cowboys.”

As part of the campaign, the Fire and the Cowboys are asking the community to support the work of NQWLS – a not-for-profit organisation – which last year assisted 4,350 women across the region – two thirds of who were affected by domestic violence.

Director of North Queensland Women’s Legal Service Anne Lewis said around one in four Australian children are living with violence in their home and the impact of this can have many unfortunate consequences for these young lives, stretching years into their future.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Cowboys and the Fire for this campaign,” Ms Lewis said.

“High profile sports players are community role models and can help us get our message out there in ways we could not do by ourselves.”

The North Queensland Women’s Legal Service provides information, referrals and free legal help for people affected by domestic violence.

They can be contacted on 1800 244 504.

Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain insists family and domestic violence is unacceptable, and as a result, the NRL club felt it had an obligation to take a stand against it.

“The big game at 1300SMILES Stadium is a great opportunity to join with Townsville Fire and the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service and ask the community to stand with us,” MR Jourdain said.

“As well as raising awareness of the issue, we also want the ‘Tackle Domestic Violence’ campaign to provide practical help by letting people know that free legal help and other support services are available for anyone affected by domestic violence.”

Donations to North Queensland Women’s Legal Service can be made via their website at www.nqwls.com.au or by texting the word “Homesafe” to 0437 371 371.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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