28 February 2019

Mayoral Column

Council is supporting an initiative to provide important contact information for NSW Rape Crisis, a service which provides 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling for anyone in NSW who has experienced, or is at risk of, sexual assault, family or domestic violence and their supporters.

Known as the Dunny Door campaign, the aim is to have a sticker with 1800 424 017 on the back of every public toilet door in NSW, with the help of local councils. Councillor Peter Reynolds submitted the Notice of Motion to support the Dunny Door Campaign, and it was seconded by Councillor Danielle Wheeler at the Council Meeting on 1 November 2018.

I believe this is a practical but discrete way for Council to provide information on the 24/7 national service for people in need. A sticker on the back of a public toilet door means that the information can be viewed in private and consideration can then be given to accessing support services when it is safe to do so. It is about providing information in an accessible and safe location to protect victims of violence and to help them contact the support service they need.

NSW Rape Crisis aims to ensure that no matter where a person is in NSW, if sexual assault impacts on their life, they will have 24/7 telephone or online access to a qualified, experienced trauma counsellor. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800 424 017 or online www.rape-dvservices.org.au

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