Help for Victims of Violence

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Byline: Lisa Benoit lisa.benoit@capnews.com.au

IT'S a cause for concern when domestic and family violence is on the rise.

Especially when domestic violence breaches have risen by 5% in Rockhampton in the past year.

Anglicare workers Heidi and Jo see the effects of this violence every day.

The Anglicare workers spoke to The Morning Bulletin about their passion for supporting others, and how people need to be aware that help is out there.

"We are a voluntary service and when someone is referred because of domestic and family violence we contact the person affected and explain what we do and see if they want to come in and speak with us," Jo said.

"We will discuss what is happening in their lives and what support they feel they might need.

"Those wanting support might not be ready to leave their relationship; and therefore we work with them to make positive changes and to maintain their safety."

Working with domestic and family violence is all about having empathy and working alongside the person at the space where he or she is at, and providing information to show what could be possible with a life free from violence.

It's not as simple as just leaving a relationship for some people, as they may not have the skills or support needed to leave a violent or emotionally challenged relationship.

"A person may suffer long-term abuse and feel trapped," Heidi said. …