Toyota Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott has teamed up with the Queensland Government as an ambassador for the Make the Call campaign, as part of 2104 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month.
Along with Brisbane Roar defender Shane Stefanutto, Queensland Reds players Anthony and Saia Faingaa, Gold Coast Sun Tom Lynch, and Queensland Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke, Scott has recorded a short video about the signs of domestic and family violence, urging people to contact DVConnect for confidential advice and support.
“Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held each May to raise awareness of this heinous crime and inform the community about how to get support through events and promotions across the state,” Communities Minister Tracy Davis said.
“The awareness-raising month aligns with the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services, with this year’s campaign message being ‘Don’t let concern become regret – make the call to DVConnect’.
“This is a powerful message and it’s fantastic that these high-profile sports stars have come on board as ambassadors to help spread the word that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.”
Each sports star has recorded a video which will will appear on the Make the Call website www.qld.gov.au/makethecall and Facebook page, and will be played at team games.
Chief Executive Officer of DVConnect Di Mangan said it was important people acted early before non-physical abuse became physical.
“Our team of DVConnect counsellors can provide crisis intervention, support, information, counselling, referrals and access to emergency refuge and shelter placements across Queensland,” Ms Mangan said.
“Our Mensline service assists men who are victims of domestic and family violence or who want to address their own violent behaviour.”
The Make the Call campaign is proudly supported by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, Brisbane Roar, Netball Queensland and Queensland Firebirds, Queensland Reds, Gold Coast SUNS, Clubs Queensland, Brisbane Lions, Queensland Rail, Queensland Police Service, Southern Cross Austereo, The Radio Sales Network, Heritage Bank and Bunnings Warehouse.
To get help for yourself or someone you know, make the call to DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636.
For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/makethecall.