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Kathy Prentice is putting up Respect stickers in toilets in pubs and clubs to stop domestic violence.
Kathy Prentice is putting up Respect stickers in toilets in pubs and clubs to stop domestic violence. Mike Knott

BUNDABERG pubs and clubs are getting behind a "dunny door" campaign to help victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

Phoenix House director Kathy Prentice spent yesterday placing orange stickers on the backs of most public toilets, which will list support contacts for victims of violence.

"We've got council permission to put one on the back of every public toilet door in Bundaberg, as well as all the pubs and clubs," she said.

Ms Prentice said one of the main phone numbers was 1800RESPECT, which was a national call line for those subjected to sexual and domestic abuse.

Club Hotel owner Simon Young said the venue was taking a stand to stamp out domestic violence.

"We have a large and diverse clientele and, as such, have an ability to spread important social messages," he said.

Mr Young said "behind the toilet door" marketing campaigns were highly successful.

"Being discrete can be more effective in these kinds of situations as people affected are not inclined to talk about it publicly," he said.

"But having a little prompt like the orange stickers may just be the impetus behind getting the help needed."

Topics:  campaign domestic violence sexual abuse


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