Videos against violence: Campaign to put a stop to DV in the Murraylands

A video campaign made by Murraylands identities aims to put an end to domestic violence in the region.

The social media-based campaign, called You Are Not Alone, was initiated by the Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group and features two videos made by local Catherine Hughes.

This campaign was launched at Unity College's The Steeple on Tuesday morning, September 22; it had been moved from the Rural City of Murray Bridge's council chambers and was also being live streamed because there had been so much interest in the event.

Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group's Shawn Hicks led the launch along with Rural City of Murray Bridge mayor Brenton Lewis, who is also involved with the group.

Mr Hicks said 37 women in Australia had been killed by a current or former partner this year, and statistics like this were not acceptable.

"The group is committed to making sure the community is aware of domestic violence and telling the community it isn't acceptable," Mr Hicks said.

"Our goal as community leaders must be to build a community of peace.

"As we're aware, 2020 is a very different year and we didn't want to stop spreading the message - so social media was the way we decided to do it."

The videos incorporate messages from local politicians and various representatives from local councils, emergency services, schools, support services, sporting leagues, and community groups.

One is titled 'You Are Not Alone' and gives support and reassurance to domestic violence victims that there is help available in the Murraylands.

The other is titled 'Let's Break the Silence' and urges the community to take a stand against domestic violence.

At the launch of the campaign, there were various speakers including Unity College Murraylands chaplain Adam Yeager, who introduced year nine student Paige, who had studied domestic violence for her Passion Project.

She collected donations from around the community to put together 50 'dignity bags' for women escaping domestic violence, and they were presented to Mel McInerney from local support service DVINA.

Former Murray Bridge High School student Ebony Von Rochow told her story of surviving an abusive household and now wanted to stand up for those impacted by the issue.

"It's time to stop being silent about an issue that plagues our community; it's time to speak out," she said.

"No one should ever be force to live a life with domestic violence in their household.

"No matter what generation or gender we belong to, domestic violence affects everyone."