We say no to violence
AS WE head into party season, the senseless violence some people encounter during a night out becomes all too apparent.
Paramedics and police officers are faced with sickening scenes when a good time at the pub quickly spirals out of control.
Speak to a victim and their loved ones or sit in the courthouse for a few sessions, and the devastating consequences of a drunken blow can really hit home.
Today, The Queensland Times launches a vital community campaign named Hands Off (#handsoff), with the aim of making the city's streets safer.
Over the next few weeks, the QT will focus on the causes and impacts of violence, how the issue affects you and what to do if you or someone you know has been the victim of - or the perpetrator of - an attack.
Our vision is to raise awareness about the impact of late-night violence on our streets and to slash the assault rate.
And we need your help to achieve this.
As part of the Hands Off campaign, we are asking you to show your support by taking the important first step of pledging not to participate in, or condone, any form of street or late-night violence and to report any incidents to the authorities.
It is time to stamp out senseless attacks - and as a community we can make a difference.
Be a part of the #HandsOff Promise
We will also celebrate those who step up and take the #handsoff Promise.
And that's where you come in.
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.