Sharing stories of family violence through poetry, prose and artwork, a new book launched today will help others with similar experiences by providing practical guidance for families and their friends.

The Breaking the Silence Advocacy Group’s Resource Book Hidden delivers a strong, moving message that brings family violence out from behind closed doors to expose it as an appalling social ill that affects the entire community.

Today, I was pleased to join with my Parliamentary colleagues, Cassy O’Connor and Lara Giddings, in a tripartisan launch of the new book.

Last week, the Tasmanian Liberal Government launched the State’s first family violence action plan, and committed $25.57 million to deliver a coordinated, whole of government response.

Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020 is aimed at changing attitudes, supporting victims, and holding perpetrators to account.

Governments cannot tackle family violence alone and that’s why it is so positive to see community-led initiatives.

The Breaking the Silence Advocacy Group and the Red Cross have been working together in the Bridgewater community to help raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of family violence and to drive preventative action.

We congratulate members of both groups on their efforts, and particularly today on the work they have put into Hidden to try to help others affected by family violence.

Hidden will help to get the message across that living free from violence is everyone’s right and taking action to prevent family violence is everyone’s responsibility.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence or sexual assault, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 or visit www.1800respect.org.au In an emergency, call 000.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Women