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In step with domestic violence concerns


In step with domestic violence concerns

The Sunshine Coast community has come together for a candlelight vigil and march to show support for keeping women and children safe.

The Sunshine Coast community has stood together at Cotton Tree to mark Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month at a candlelight vigil and march.

Running since 2000, the Centacare-co-ordinated event took place on May 1.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli spoke at the vigil and thanks everyone who attended.

“Our community’s willingness to gather and march together sends a powerful message that domestic and family violence has no place in our community,” Mayor Natoli says.

“When we stand together to prevent such violence, we are building a community which is a safer place for everyone.

“Venues across our Sunshine Coast were lit up purple to mark the start of the prevention month.

“City Hall, Foundation Place, Eddie De Vere (Building), Kings Beach Fountain and Coolum Civic Centre all glowed purple on May 1.

“Our theme this year: ‘Hear Their Voices – Speak Up for Women and Children’ provides us with a sobering reminder that we live in a society where women and children bear the biggest impact of domestic and family violence.

“Each May, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month looks to increase awareness and empower the voices of women and girls.

“It is also important for men and boys to reflect on and talk about the impacts of violence on women and children.

“Now is a time for a strong focus on preventing and stopping violence before it happens.

“This May, I encourage you to show your support by standing in solidarity with all who are impacted by violence.

“Wear your purple ribbon as a demonstration of your support.”

PM promises further DV action

Further action to address violence against women will be forthcoming, the Prime Minister has signalled, saying “it’s not job done” in tackling the issue.

Following an emergency national cabinet meeting with state and territory leaders, Anthony Albanese unveiled a $925 million package that will provide $5000 to women escaping violent situations.

The Leaving Violence Program will be a permanent extension of a trial, and come into effect from next year. It has drawn criticism over the waiting time to become permanent and funding not being allocated directly to frontline services. Mr Albanese says the nearly $1 billion program will not be the only initiative addressing violence against women.

“It’s not job done. This isn’t something you solve with a meeting in one day. This is something that governments are determined to take action on,” he says.

“We understand Australians want action and so did every premier and chief minister, as well as the national government when we met.”

National cabinet will meet in the next quarter on violence against women, with the PM signalling data sharing on gendered violence will be discussed.

– AAP.

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