A new Victim Statement Room, designed as a safe space for vulnerable people who need to speak with police, has been launched as part of Zonta Club of Bundaberg’s 16 Days of Activism.
The concept started as a conversation with Superintendent Anne Vogler during last year's Zonta campaign and the new room at Bundaberg Police Station has now been made possible with the support of local organisations.
The Victim Statement Room is a safe place for domestic and sexual abuse victims as well as vulnerable persons to speak with local police and provide statements.
The refurbished room was formally opened by Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd on Friday 25 November as part of Zonta’s 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence Campaign.
After many months of research and planning the Zonta Club of Bundaberg partnered with the Bundaberg Police Domestic and Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit.
They coordinated the selection of furniture, paint colours and carpet to ensure the refurbishment of the room was welcoming.
Alternatively known as Soft Interview Rooms around the world, the new Victim Statement Room also contains children’s toys and books along with bottles of water and snacks for children accompanying their parents to the room.
The Victim Statement Room was made possible by generous donations of goods and services from local businesses and contractors including Reliable Handyman Services, Taubman’s Paints, Officeworks, Saskia, Amart Furniture, Burnett Carpet Court and the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Committee.
About Zonta Club of Bundaberg
Each year, the Zonta Club of Bundaberg runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to shine a spotlight on gender-based violence.
President Le-Anne Allen said the aim was to promote women’s rights within the community.
“Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able achieve her full potential,” Le-Anne said.
“In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
“In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.”
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