Please note this story includes information about Domestic and Family Violence which may cause distress. If you need immediate support, reach out to 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line. 

An estimated 4.2 million Australian adults (one in five) have experienced violence, emotional abuse or economic abuse by a partner. Women are more likely than men to have experienced violence, emotional abuse, or economic abuse by a partner since the age of 15.   

To help break the silence on domestic violence in Australia, the Lisa Harnum Foundation’s Purple Nail Tribe is encouraging men to take an active part in ending this national epidemic by initiating a much-needed dialogue. 

The Benevolent Society’s team in Tamworth have been helping raise awareness amongst the local community and promoting this important conversation. 

The Purple Nail Tribe campaign 

The Purple Nail Tribe campaign was launched in May 2021 by the Lisa Harnum Foundation. Australian men are encouraged to donate to the foundation, paint and proudly display their purple ring finger to drive conversations and support survivors of domestic and family violence. 

Since 2022, The Benevolent Society has been part of a local committee alongside other like-minded community organisations Tamworth Family Support Service, Brighter Access, and Centacare. The committee is dedicated to organising a range of local initiatives in the Tamworth community, including supporting the Purple Nail Tribe campaign. 

The Benevolent Society Tamworth Team supporting the Tamworth Community.
Image: The Benevolent Society Tamworth Team Members

Tamworth residents breaking the silence

Over the past couple of weeks, The Benevolent Society team in Tamworth have been out in the community raising awareness for this cause at various locations including Tamworth Square and Tamworth Shopping World. The team have been speaking with locals about the importance of breaking the silence around domestic violence and painting purple nails for those pledging their support as part of this important campaign. 

Fidelity Betts, Manager - Child, Youth & Family Services, New England South, at The Benevolent Society in Tamworth, said: “It’s been wonderful seeing so many members of the Tamworth community pledge their support for the Purple Nail Tribe campaign. 

“The team have had a lot of productive chats with the community around the need for more discussion on what is needed to end domestic violence and support survivors. Increasing this open dialogue is a crucial part of raising community awareness around how we can address domestic and family violence. It also helps bring together local community and government organisations to better collaborate on supporting survivors of domestic and family violence.” 

The Benevolent Society will continue to work with Tamworth Family Support Services, Brighter Access, and Centacare to support this important cause in the months ahead. Key dates for this include the National Domestic Violence Remembrance evening at Bicentennial Park in Tamworth on the May 1, and the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser on May 17.  

The Tamworth Domestic and Family Violence Committee have committed to the inclusion of the Purple Nail initiative at all future events being held by the Committee. 

To find out more about The Benevolent Society’s Domestic and Family Violence Support Programs, call our Support Centre on 1800 236 762. 

Anyone experiencing a crisis can also call: Lifeline 13 11 14 | Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800   | Beyond Blue 1300 224 636. Dial 000 if you are in immediate danger.