AS YOU place your drink down in a Port Macquarie licensed venue in the next few weeks, an artistic coaster will catch your eye.
The coasters are part of a campaign to curb violence and the colourful design was created by Port Macquarie High School students.
Hastings Women and Children’s Refuge and the police’s Community Partnerships Against Domestic and Family Violence have banded with the students and Port Macquarie-Hastings Domestic Violence Committee to highlight the importance of reporting violence to relevant authorities without getting involved.
The hand and messages were developed by students participating in the LOVE BiTES respectful relationship program.
The “Power is in your Fingertips” is symbolised through the hand.
Hastings Women and Children’s Refuge manager Gemma Morley said the community needs to know how and where to safely report domestic violence.
“If the community demonstrates a zero tolerance for domestic violence, a reduction is inevitable,” Ms Morley said.
Community Partnerships Against Domestic and Family Violence project coordinator Kylie Temple said the program targets all public high schools in the Hastings, engaging community services and students in discussion around respectful relationships.
“As a result, students continue to produce quality artworks that lend themselves toward educating peers and the community on domestic violence and sexual assault,” Ms Temple said.
She said the reporting of violence is increasing, which reflects a greater awareness of the issue and recognition that help is available for victims who speak up.
Finnians, Beach House, the Town Green Inn and the Port Macquarie Hotel have all placed the coasters on their tables.
They will appear until they run out.