Community comes together to end domestic violence

CANDLE VIgil HELD: Members of the Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Action Group and Soroptimist International Mount Gambier Katherine Davies, Paula McCubbin, Georgina Davidson, Tarsh Beralds, Nicola and Jane Zeitz as they light a candle in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to family and domestic violence.

Charlotte Varcoe

CANDLES lit up the Cave Gardens on Wednesday evening as community members gathered to remember the women who have lost their lives to family and domestic violence.

Organized by the Limestone Coast Family Violence Action Group and Soroptimist International Mount Gambier, attendees gathered to listen to guest speaker Kellie, from Voices for Change.

Kellie spoke about her own experience of family and domestic violence to the gathered community group.

Action Group Secretary Katherine Davies said the event was more important than ever after three lives have been lost in the South East to domestic abuse over the past four years.

Across Australia, 18 people have been killed this year due to domestic violence.

“The statistics we see are sadly consistent that there is at least one life lost to domestic violence every week,” Ms Davies said.

“Holding this vigil is our opportunity to commemorate those lives and continue this conversation about domestic and family violence while ensuring that it is not a silent issue.”

Ms Davies said hosting the event kept community members engaged and encouraged those in need of help to reach out.

“We have fantastic resources here on the Limestone Coast and many of our community services are engaged with the Domestic Violence Action Group and we also have a fantastic team at the Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service through Centacare “, she said.

“We all know that more funding for the issue across Australia could go a long way, but through the action group we’re making sure we’re all committed to our services locally, helping those in need of give a hand.

“We think it was fantastic to have the community come back and support each other like they do every year.”

For those in need of urgent assistance or fearing for their safety, please contact the 000 emergency services, 1800 RESPECT or the domestic violence hotline 1800 800 098 for help and advice. support.

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