Domestic violence affects people of all ages and at every level of society.
So in an effort to communicate with the youth of the Tweed, Kingscliff TAFE Graphic Design students have been asked to each create a postcard that promotes respectful relationships.
The theme of the campaign, Standing Together, aims to send the message that violence or abuse in relationships and families won’t be tolerated. It encourages people to take responsibility to treat others with respect and to choose relationships where they feel respected.
The idea was to find ways of promoting the concept of respect in a positive light.
The Domestic Violence Integrated Response Committee, which organised the campaign, chose the work of Odin Mackay and Noaki Kinoshita as two of the most effective postcard designs which will then be printed and distributed through schools, TAFE, libraries and services throughout the shire.
Odin said he ‘wanted people to think of the consequences yet simplify the responsibility of the moment when the person has the opportunity to choose respect over the reaction, which in this case was violence’.
Naoki said that being in the age demographic 16–25, that they were targeting, he found it easy to relate.
‘My first objective was to capture their attention but most importantly I wanted them to realise the importance of respect in our daily lives.’