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Sutherland Shire Family Services (SSFS) are proud to share our “Pull Ya Head In” Campaign – raising awareness about domestic violence in the Sutherland Shire and greater Sydney region.

As much as we’d like to believe it doesn’t happen in our community, Police statistics continue to show that reported incidents of Domestic Violence are still at unacceptable levels. We also know from our experience in dealing with victims through our numerous support programs that domestic violence manifests in many ways – with physical violence being reported at higher levels than other types of domestic violence. So much of the domestic violence in our community is going unreported.

These videos, based on true events, highlight types of domestic violence that don’t always feature in the media, but are so very common in our society. The message to perpetrators of family violence is clear – “Pull Ya Head In”.

Domestic Violence: What is it?

Domestic Violence is a repeated pattern of abusive behaviour where one person seeks to control and dominate another person within their relationship.

Domestic violence does not take the form of a single incident. It is ongoing behaviour that gradually undermines the woman’s confidence and ability to leave the violent person. The severity and frequency of violence often escalates over time.

While physical violence may be the most visible form, others such as sexual, emotional, verbal, social, spiritual and economic abuse can be equally harmful.

Examples include:

  • isolating a woman from family and friends
  • controlling their access to money
  • stripping their self-esteem
  • verbal abuse
  • preventing them from practicing their religious beliefs
  • intimidation
  • threatening behaviour.

Needless to say, violence within the home also has an impact on children and young people where their safety and well-being is extremely compromised.

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What you can do about it

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If you become aware that your mate is being abusive in his relationship, you will know that something is not right. Uncomfortable silence is not enough. Be the best mate you can be, and say something…

Many men admit that they don’t intervene because they don’t know how or what to say, and sadly because the cost is too high. The message we are trying to get into the community is that saying something, ANYTHING, is better than not saying anything at all.

So speak up, tell your mate to

Pull ya head in”

Where to get help

If you or someone you know is affected by Domestic Violence, help is available:

Sutherland Shire:

  • Police– Miranda Local Area Command – 9541 3899
    – Sutherland Local Area Command – 9542 0899
  • Sutherland Shire Family Services – 9528 2933

Australia-wide:

About SSFS

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Sutherland Shire Family Services (SSFS) are a local not-for-profit organisation dedicated to and focused on strengthening the capacity of families in the Sutherland Shire and St. George areas.

They bring together a range of services offered by dedicated professionals that help to create a brighter future for children, young people and their families. 

The services provided are designed to contribute to the promotion and maintenance of safety and well-being of all family members, including Domestic Violence support programs for women, young people and children.

Contact

Office Address
90 Soldiers Road Jannall NSW 2226

Phone Number
(02) 9528 2933

Email
info@ssfs.org.au

Campaign is supported by

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