OZCARE Women's Domestic Violence Refuge in Gladstone was spreading an important message yesterday in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day tomorrow.

The day seeks to raise awareness about the epidemic of violence against women and girls in our society.

In Queensland the White Ribbon campaign aims to break the silence by encouraging people to "change it wear it swear it".

For Ozcare domestic violence co-ordinator Kim Beven, awareness will help put an end to domestic violence.

"White Ribbon Day is about raising awareness and giving people information," she said.

"We want to make people aware this is an issue in the community."

Ms Beven said the Ozcare Women's Domestic Violence Refuge in Gladstone is always very busy.

"We're often even busier around Christmas time because it's a very stressful time," she said.

Although domestic violence continues to be an issue, Ms Beven said there have been many positive developments.

"Women are getting more educated and therefore not putting up with unhealthy relationships."



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