Domestic and family violence is everybody’s business and Queenslanders have had their say on the great work of individuals, businesses and corporations who have made it theirs.
More than 130 individuals and organisations from across Queensland have been inducted onto Queensland’s first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the Honour Roll had received 175 nominations from Cunnamulla to Cairns.
“Domestic and family violence is everybody’s business because as Queenslanders we look after each other,” Ms Farmer said.
“The Honour Roll recognises Queenslanders walking the talk in the prevention of domestic and family violence in their communities and businesses.
“Every nominee is working hard to create a Queensland free from domestic and family violence.
“Every nominee deserves the thanks of Queenslanders for helping to build a safer state from the border to the Cape.”
Ms Farmer said many of the nominations included inspiring and heart wrenching stories.
“Lloyd and Sue Clarke, the parents of Hannah Clarke, were nominated for their tireless and courageous work in setting up the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation,” Ms Farmer said.
“In February, the entire nation was horrified by the sickening murder of Hannah and her three gorgeous children in suburban Camp Hill by a controlling and violent ex-partner.
“The Clarke family’s heartbreak inspired the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation to encourage Queenslanders to make domestic and family violence everybody’s business.
“While Queensland’s first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll has recounted tragedy, it has also revealed the remarkable and inspiring.
“Among the extraordinary is John Siaki, a home removalist who is helping people escape dangerous domestic violence situations.
“After witnessing a disturbing family violence incident, John decided to put his team and removal truck to work collecting the belongings of women and children leaving violence.
“Siaki and Sons’ precision removal operation begins once the perpetrator is away from home to eliminate the risk of further conflict.”
Ms Farmer said organisations, small businesses and corporates were also nominated for their stand on ending domestic and family violence.
“Seniors Creating Change, Rapad Employment Services Queensland and the Centre Against Domestic Abuse are some of the smaller organisations making a big effort to stop the violence,” she said.
“Large corporates like Telstra and Deloitte Australia have been noticed for integrating domestic violence prevention, and support for staff and customers into their businesses.
“Domestic violence is everyone’s business, and all our nominees deserve recognition for taking the time and effort to make it a part of theirs.”
“Thank you to the Queenslanders who have acknowledged the individuals, organisations and companies making a difference in their communities.”
“Congratulations to all 134 inductees of the inaugural Honour Roll for helping to ensure domestic and family violence has no place in Queensland.”
Inductees receive a signed certificate and an electronic media tile to include on their email signature blocks, websites and profiles to promote their place on Queensland’s first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll.
Their efforts to stop the violence also feature on the Not Now, Not Ever. Together website.