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'If you think it's domestic violence it probably is'

ACT NOW: SunnyKids CEO Chris Turner is calling on community to stop turning a blind eye to domestic violence after an explosion of attacks.
ACT NOW: SunnyKids CEO Chris Turner is calling on community to stop turning a blind eye to domestic violence after an explosion of attacks. JOHNGOMEZPIX

ACCEPTING domestic violence was a shocking problem having a devastating impact on the local community was no longer enough.

That was the message from SunnyKids founder and chief executive officer, Chris Turner, after an explosion in the number of violent family attacks during the Easter long weekend.

"Any holiday period, or time where alcohol use increases coincides with domestic violence refuges - such as the ones SunnyKids runs - bursting at the seams," he said.

"However building more refuges is not the answer, as that is akin to providing more ambulances at the bottom of the cliff instead of building a fence at the top."

Government, non-government and community agencies have been working together to deal with the scourge of violence on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Turner said it was time for the whole community to stop tolerating the violence.

"We know it's wrong, but we are still turning a blind eye," he said.

"In a weekend when we have seen police attend 56 DV incidents, as a community we still failed to raise the alarm in many cases.

"In at least one of the reported cases people would have been able to hear the situation escalating but failed to act until it was too late."

"Even with the innovative responses provided by the QPS, SunnyKids and all the other professional services responding to domestic violence, what we need more than anything is for individual citizens to say 'no that is not acceptable'.

"If you think it might be domestic violence you are hearing/seeing then it probably is and you should call the police.

"It is far better for you to mistakenly call in something innocent than for you not to call when you should have."

Topics:  crime domestic violence sunnykids terror-at-home


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