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Bid to stop rise in domestic violence

A SERIES of educational videos has been released in different languages to help tackle domestic and family violence.

Cumberland City Council has released the online resources which have been translated into Arabic, Dari, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified Chinese) and Tamil, part of the Living Safely in Cumberland City Project, to increase community awareness and understanding of domestic and family violence.
There have been over 100 more domestic violence related assaults in the last 12 months compared with the same time last year. There were 1,016 domestic violence related assaults in the Cumberland local government area up until June, which compared with 906 in the 12 months up to June 2019.
“With the reduction in face-to-face activities, we are bringing an important set of resources to those who need it most through our web platforms,” Cumberland City Council Mayor Steve Christou said.
“We know people continue to be vulnerable to domestic and family violence due to the impacts of Covid-19 and limited support services in the current climate. That’s why we remain focussed on accessibility of resources and help for all our residents.
“The safety and security of our community is a key priority for us at Cumberland City.”
The videos cover topics such as ‘Understanding Domestic and Family Violence’, ‘How children are affected’ and ‘Support services and useful apps’.
View the video at cumberland.nsw.gov.au.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced domestic or family violence, there are several support services available.