More than 200 people attended the first public screening of the
ground-breaking ICEBERG documentary at the Dendy Opera
Quays in Sydney last night.
ICEBERG follows Kirrily Dear, founder of Run Against
Violence, as she ran 860 km across regional NSW to raise funds and
awareness about domestic violence. "Regional and remote
communities experience up to 11 times more incidences of domestic
assault per capita than in metropolitan areas," says Kirrily.
"By taking on this challenge I wanted to encourage open
discussion about domestic violence and see what we can do to change
this silent epidemic. In passing through these communities and
seeing people striking up conversations, I became more and more
determined to make it to the finish line knowing that each step I
took was toward making the violence end."
By following Kirrily's journey, ICEBERG gives voice
to the widespread impact of domestic violence, not just on the
families involved but on the wider community and highlights how we
can all take steps toward making a positive change:
"Violence is a culturally-derived problem...and it is up to
us to change that culture. We do that by taking steps
together—by asking more questions, by being a bit more
curious about what is going on with the people in your community,
by reading more and understanding more, and by reaching in to help
families earlier who are struggling."
After ICEBERG was screened, a Q & A panel
discussion was held with Jerry Retford (a former user of violence),
Dr Maria Nittis (Department Head of the Forensic Medical Units at
Nepean, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals), Inspector Sean
McDermott (NSW Police Force) and Max Gardner (Tamworth High School
White Ribbon school program participant).
The panel discussion looked at family violence from a range of
perspectives. Inspector McDermott's response to a question
about warning signs was particularly gripping, he said "There
are a lot of warning signs for women to heed such as their partners
exercising extreme control, social isolation from family and
friends, and breaking down their self-esteem and the
like—something that makes them feel uncomfortable," he
went on to say "Police should get involved where there are
threats — to themselves as well as threats to pets and
children. Things like stalking, intimidation, monitoring social
media, harassment and, of course, violence."
Sparke Helmore helped fund the film as part of its Six Degrees
initiative and hosted the premiere because the documentary is an
important educational tool for organisations and schools to
"We are delighted to have supported the ICEBERG premiere as
it covers ground-breaking territory in profiling the widespread
impact of domestic and family violence, not just on those involved
but the wider community. This documentary brings domestic violence
into the sphere of public discussion, opening up greater
opportunities to work together in addressing the issue and to take
action" said Kristina Miller, Patron of Six Degrees and Sparke
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault,
domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or
visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In
an emergency, call 000. For men seeking pathways to stop using
violent and controlling behaviour please contact the Men's
Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or visit mrs.org.au.
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