More than 300 people gathered on May 5 to pay their respects and show their support to victims of domestic and family violence in a moving candlelight vigil and community march at Maroochydore.
It comes as Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (May) is now well underway, a state-wide initiative encouraging communities across Queensland to stand as one and send a clear message that domestic and family violence in families and homes will not be tolerated.
Sunshine Coast Council community portfolio councillor David Law says the Let’s Grow Together event, hosted in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and Centacare, was well attended and not only helped spread awareness of the important issue, it also shone the spotlight on support services available.
“Last night was very moving for many of us who attended and marched together and it was a humbling experience,” Cr Law says.
“At the same time, it was very important to be part of the march and vigil so that anyone who is in a violent situation can know with confidence that our community cares and we are here to assist. For more information about domestic and family violence visit the council’s website.
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, there are three ways that you can help, depending on the situation. Talk to the victim; provide resources and help them take action; in an emergency, call triple zero (000).
Centacare provides a range of specialist support services contact the Maroochydore office on 5430 9300.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.