It takes strength - BOOKED OUT

Wednesday 24 May 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
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This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

Come along to understand how people respond to violence, and what more we could be doing to help people who seek safety. A panel discussion open to people of all genders and backgrounds, organised by Cr Jonathan Sri from the Gabba Ward of the Brisbane City Council, as part of Domestic Violence Prevention Month.

You’ve heard the statistic a million times before: 

"* On average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.

* One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

* One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.

* One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

* One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

* Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives.

* Of those women who experience violence, more than half have children in their care.

* Violence against women is not limited to the home or intimate relationships.  Every year in Australia over 300,000 women experience violence - often sexual violence - from someone other than a partner.

* Eight out of ten women aged 18 to 24 were harassed on the street in the past year.

* Young women (18-24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups.

* There is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence.

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience both far higher rates and more severe forms of violence compared to other women.

* Intimate partner violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44 than any other preventable risk factor.

* Domestic or family violence against women is the single largest driver of homelessness for women, a common factor in child protection notifications and results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across the country.

* The combined health, administration and social welfare costs of violence against women have been estimated to be $21.7 billion  a year, with projections suggesting that if no further action is taken to prevent violence against women, costs will accumulate to $323.4 billion over a thirty-year period from 2014-15 to 2044-45." (Source:

So why aren’t we calling this a domestic security crisis? 

Featuring a panel of speakers from indigenous and migrant backgrounds, these women have important stories and details to tell. All welcome.

Panel includes: 

Beata Ostapiej-Piatkowski, Manager of Mercy Community Services - Romero Centre for asylum seekers.
Yasmin Khan, who chairs ECCQ - Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and Eidfest Community Services.
Belinda Cox, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service.
Melissa Gampe, a Griffith University researcher developing resources about violence in queer couples.