What can you do to help?
Now you’ve read through our website and have a greater understanding of what homicide victims face, you can choose to do something about it. The myths and misunderstandings around homicide are perpetuated by good people doing nothing wrong, so please, take some time to read on and make that choice to advocate for those who are unable to speak up for themselves.
Create debate about the rights of victims of crime. What do you know about our legal system, what are your beliefs? Do you believe all murderers should be imprisoned? Were you aware some murderers are granted bail? Consider what type of society you want to live in. Do you value the sanctity of human life? Do you accept violence as part of our society? Do you fear for your children when they go out at night? Channel these beliefs into action and get involved!
If someone you know has been affected by homicide, ask if they are receiving support from someone (or from QHVSG). If you have some free time on your hands consider volunteering for QHVSG, even the smallest amount of time can create great change. Voice your concerns. Share your concerns about the level of violence in Queensland with others – write to your local paper (letters to the editor), write a letter to your local MP asking what they are doing to combat violence in your neighbourhood, write to the Minister for Justice Queensland asking about victims’ rights.
Sign petitions. QHVSG (and other victims’ groups) often have petitions circulating. It takes only a few minutes to understand the content of these petitions, and to sign and show your support. Make a donation. Many people are time-poor, so instead show your support by making a donation to QHVSG to enable us to continue setting the benchmark for victims’ support. We are a not-for-profit organisation and that means we are heavily reliant on the financial generosity of the Queensland community.