SAY NO: Relationships Australia Bundaberg will host a domestic violence debate next month.
SAY NO: Relationships Australia Bundaberg will host a domestic violence debate next month. Claudia Baxter

Building DV knowledge

BUNDABERG will host a domestic violence debate next month asking whether punishment or education is the answer to the city's ongoing domestic violence problems.

Relationships Australia Bundaberg manager Sheila Ellsum, who is organising the debate, said it would take place during DV Awareness Month and follow on from the successful "hypotheticals" evening held last year.

" It is about reaching out to the public and helping them understand and highlight the problem of domestic violence in Bundaberg," she said.

"We want to keep this issue on the forefront."

She said the debate topic was a divisive issue.

"It is and that's why we thought it would be interesting to discuss," she said.

"Regardless of your position it is important to have an awareness of both sides of this argument."

And because it was a divisive issue, Mrs Ellsum said she felt it was important to have speakers from a wide range of backgrounds.

"We wanted a variety of unique experiences," she said.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor Judy Peters, who will be master of ceremonies, said she was looking forward to hearing the views put forth.

"I think it is especially important to raise the awareness of domestic violence and holding this debate in Domestic Violence Month endorses this importance," she said.

UnitingCare Community family and relationships counsellor Alex Johnson, who will be arguing for the motion, said his experiences talking to the prisoners in Maryborough Correctional Centre had reinforced his view.

"The cycle of violence starts in childhood and continues on," he said.

"We need to empower these people with the skills to break the cycle."

DV Debate

Topic: Domestic violence should be responded to with education and not punishment

Where: Civic Centre, Supper Room

When: Tuesday May 21 at 5.30pm

For: Alex Johnson, Billy J Cox and Angie Verdis

Against: Jude Cook, Snr Const Tim Lowth, and Pam Cooper




 



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