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Domestic violence message goes on the road on Logan's bus network

Published: 24 November 2015

Domestic violence message goes on the road on Logan's bus network
Mayor Pam Parker (right) with (from left) Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Don Petersen, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth Shannon Fentiman, and Clarks Logan City Bus Service owners Reg and Yvonne Clark on one of the buses with the new posters.

People who use Logan's bus and train network will be exposed to the State Government's 'Trust Your Instinct' domestic violence awareness campaign thanks to the Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team.

Logan Mayor, Councillor Pam Parker, said the City of Choice Leadership Team – through Chair Jude Munro and Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Shannon Fentiman – had been instrumental in advocating for the message to feature on the public transport network in the City of Logan.

"The campaign aims to prevent domestic and family violence by prompting friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues who suspect someone they know is being abused to trust their instinct and call DV Connect for support, advice and referrals to prevent serious harm occurring," Mayor Parker said.

"We're so fortunate that the CEO of Clarks Logan City Bus Service, Graham Davis, is a member of the combined City of Choice and Queensland Community Alliance Transport working group, as he and the company's directors agreed to not only display the 'Trust Your Instinct' posters on 126 buses operating in Logan, but also arranged for Clarks Logan City Bus Service to fund the printing and installation.

"The posters are highly-visible to passengers boarding through the front door, positioned in the window directly behind the driver."

Mayor Parker said the posters were also on display at Logan's eight railway stations and on LCD screens located on the Beenleigh line.

"Domestic and family violence is a national disgrace, so any measures that we can take here in Logan will be a positive step in the right direction to prevent it happening in our community," she said.

Ms Fentiman said DV Connect played an important role in providing support for people affected by domestic and family violence, and she was pleased the organisation's details could be promoted on Logan's public transport services.

"DV Connect’s team of dedicated counsellors are the voice on the end of the line to bring hope and support to women in dire situations," she said.

“Having confidential and easily accessible support available 24 hours a day can make all the difference to people experiencing domestic and family violence.

"We want to encourage people to trust their instincts when they suspect violence is occurring to someone they care about and that message will be spread even wider now thanks to Graham Davis and his team at the Clarks Logan City Bus Service."

In-kind support for the project was provided by Logan City Council and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

To get help for yourself or someone you know, call DV Connect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636. For more information about the education campaign, visit www.qld.gov.au/trustyourinstinct