Did you know there were 32,734 reported breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders from January to November 2020? That's an increase on the previous year and that's ONLY for Queensland!
On 8th March, we will celebrate International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and men in advancing gender equality in Australia. And there is much to celebrate. But amidst the celebrations, we cannot forget that there are areas where there has been insufficient progress. Domestic violence is one such area.
In contrast, one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and 85% of those women were assaulted by a current or former partner, family, friend or other known male. Three quarters of these assaults occurred in their home. Further, nearly one in five Australian women have experienced sexual assault since the age of 15. The vast majority of those women were sexually assaulted by a current or former partner, family, friend, or other known male. While men are also the victims of violence, the experience of violence against women is significantly different. Most violence against men occurs in a public place, and in 65% of incidents, the perpetrator is a stranger.
There are estimate 62 per cent of Australians keep their mobile phones for two years while they are extremely important for the victims of domestic violence. What happens is the victim's phone is either hacked, broken or stolen, preventing victims from being able to reach out for help. Therefore, leading to International Woman's Day, we would love to call out everyone to help the victims of domestic violence by donating your unused phone to DV Safe Phone, one simple action and you could save a life.
If you or any of your friends and family have an old phone that is still working, please drop it off at your nearest King IT store. We will test it, ensure your data has been erased and the phone is working before we get it to a victim of domestic violence, through domestic violence or a law enforcement agency.
Victims of domestic violence all across Australia need our help and they need it now.
We can also recycle it for you if you have an old phone, tablet, laptop, mobile charger or mobile accessories that are no longer working. Feel free to drop in-store if you're not sure your phone working condition, we can check it for you on the spot.