Macarthur pubs support anti-domestic violence campaign

Macarthur pubs, clubs and hotels have thrown their weight behind the NSW Government's Speak Out campaign.

The campaign encourages people who are experiencing domestic violence to call the state's free 24-hour support line for support.

Camden Valley Inn is just one of the many venues that will be doing their bit to support the initiative.

The inn's manager Kayla Seeney said they would display Speak Out posters in the pub to help reduce the stigma of reaching out.

"The statistics of domestic violence within Australia was a lot higher than I would have thought, so knowing that we can assist in any way is important to us," she said.

"Pubs are an important part of the community to bring people together, but also to share information and educate our community, families and patrons about social issues like this."

The campaign features the words 'Speak Out' painted on the lips of people of different ages and cultural backgrounds to highlight that domestic violence does not discriminate.

Ms Seeney said it was important for venues to support patrons who may be experiencing domestic violence.

"We believe it is important as we know domestic violence risk factors can be elevated when individuals are under the influence of alcohol or increased pressure is put on family systems through addictions," she said.

"We always enforce responsible service of alcohol and gaming however, in order to mitigate such risk factors being able to participate in a campaign allows us to acknowledge and provide a safe space for people to ask for help."

Ms Seeney said she hoped the flyers would prompt a conversation among pub-goers.

"This could be directly to staff or between family members who are together at the venue," she said.

"This in turn would allow individuals experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence to reach out for support when in need."

Camden Valley Inn has a number of domestic violence support services in place for staff and patrons.

"Lewis Land Group trains our managers in domestic violence management across all of its venues," Ms Seeney said.

"We have a range of resources available, including crisis support lines and we offer our own accommodation if patrons need a place to stay.

"We also maintain confidentiality of patrons in situations where we are approached with unsafe or domestic violence situations."

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said the campaign would be expanded across the state through partnerships with the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and Clubs NSW.

"We know from victim-survivors and frontline domestic violence workers that one of the challenges during Covid-19 has been finding a safe place to seek help," he said.

"A recent Australian Institute of Criminology report also found that domestic violence had risen during the pandemic, but a large proportion of victims were not reporting to police - demonstrating the timely role this campaign can play in promoting other support services.

"I'm pleased that Wollondilly venues are ensuring that the critical messages in this campaign continue to reach those across the community to help keep women safe."