Alcohol-fueled violence is a major occupational health and safety issue for emergency service workers.
Where there’s a fight outside licensed premises, police must break it up. Ambulance officers get attacked while treating the injured, and hospital emergency staff are left to deal with aggressive drunks until they are fit to go home. Over 70 per cent of all assaults on police officers are related to alcohol-fueled violence.
However, this is only the public face of how alcohol-related violence destroys lives.
Such street violence doesn’t show the many women and children whose lives are marred by another person’s problem drinking behind closed doors. The size of the problem alone should provide the impetus to act on this widespread and insidious crisis.
Police and emergency service workers respond to calls of distress and witness first-hand the devastation caused by family violence.
Police work around the clock with victims and perpetrators, making quick decisions and trying to keep everyone safe in often very intimate and complex situations.
Alcohol’s role in family violence was revealed earlier this year in a report by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), The hidden harm. It presented a disturbing picture, finding that alcohol is involved in up to two in every three domestic violence incidents and as many as half of all child-protection cases.
Dalby Bar staff have taken up a much-needed public education approach to the issue. These workers are wearing domestic violence awareness raising T-shirts
Staff at the Leagues, Country and Golf Clubs, along with the North Dalby Bowls Club, have joined forces to swap their usual uniform for a slogan-bearing t-shirt, as a part of a campaign to manage alcohol-fueled violence over the festive season.
The campaign is an initiative of the Dalby Liquor Industry Action Group (LIAG) to which the four clubs belong.
Act on Alcohol will be looking to adapt the approach which aims to start conversations about alcohol fueled violence in Queensland communities.