ROTARY AND COMMUNITY GROUPS LAUNCH “TOGETHER AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE” PLAN

MEDIA RELEASE


Three key initiatives have been identified as part of the western suburbs Rotary Clubs’ “Together

Against Domestic Violence” project.

Kenmore Rotary President, Dr. Martin Grabert has provided an update on the initiative aimed at

helping local survivors of domestic violence.


Dr. Grabert commended the combined efforts of Ashgrove/The Gap, Toowong, Brookfield and Karana Downs Rotary Clubs in working with Kenmore to address domestic violence.


He said, the Clubs had identified and would pursue three avenues of assistance:


1. Support in an emergency situation

Karana Downs Rotary Club will provide Emergency Packs for family members forced to leave their

home at very short notice. Often, they are forced to leave with just the clothes they are wearing.

The packs will provide survivors with essentials such as toothbrushes, towels and a change of

clothing. For children, a cuddly soft toy is provided. These will be supplied to Police stations in

Karana Downs and Indooroopilly, as they are often first responders, to distribute as they see fit.


2. Infrastructure support

The local Rotary Clubs will provide substantial funds to D.V Connect enabling them to upgrade

their telephone system, reducing the response time which will actually save lives. Their $15,000

contribution will be matched by a grant from Rotary District 9600, enabling the upgrade to be

implemented in the coming weeks.


The public is also encouraged to support “Friends with Dignity”, a volunteer based not-for-profit