DAME Quentin Bryce has thrown her support behind APN's #HandsOff campaign that says no to violence.
The former Governor General was in Gladstone this week to support a local domestic violence campaign under her new position as chair of the Premier's Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.
She said it was a basic human need for people to feel safe, but there was a concern and awareness about increasing incidents and the gravity of violence.
"I think there's a serious concern in our community about violence," she told The Gladstone Observer.
"A lot of it is very public, and some of it is private in an insidious sort of way, but it's a great breach of human rights and the dignity of every human being."
Dame Quentin said people were exposed to violence in the media "and we don't want people to be fearful - we want them to feel safe and secure".
"The media has an important role to play in community education and awareness in reporting these issues."
Community engagement is a precious commodity, according to Dame Quentin, who said she believed in the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child".
"I'm a mother and a grandmother and I think very deeply of the next generation," she said. "I think for your newspaper to be running this campaign is an admirable initiative.
"People communicate in grabs right now but it's a clever catchy campaign underpinned by a very important message."
The campaign has been gaining momentum across the ARM network through Queensland and northern NSW since its launch on Saturday.
Be a part of the #HandsOff Promise
HERE's how you can get involved in the #HandsOff campaign.
By taking the promise, you pledge:
• Not to participate in, or condone by being silent, any form of street or late-night violence; and
• To report any incidents of such violence to the relevant establishment and authorities
It's easy to do - just visit http://bit.ly/saynotoviolence and follow the steps.
Have you, your family or friends been affected by violence? We would love you to share your story.
Your story is the most powerful way to bring about change. You can share your story easily here, on our website, via our Share Your Story page.
If you want you could also make a short YouTube video telling your story and why you support the #HandsOff campaign. Just remember to send us the link so we can share it with others.
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