Vigil remembers family violence victims

The Limestone Coast Family Violence Action Group honoured victims of domestic and family violence at a candlelight vigil in the Cave Gardens last week.

Speakers talked to members of the public about statistics and resources for domestic and family violence with a powerful speech by Voices for Change speaker Kelly on her personal experience dealing with domestic violence.

The group highlighted the 18 lives lost already this year to the social issue, inviting community members to place a tealight on the number before holding a minute of silence in honour of the victims.

The event is part of a national occasion held the first Wednesday in May each year to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence; the lives lost, and the families torn apart.

Regional Community Responses to Family and Domestic Violence project manager Megan Hughes said Mount Gambier had a long history of action and awareness of family and domestic violence.

“Vigils are particularly important events to be holding because we always have to be front and foremost about how serious and dangerous domestic and family violence is in our community,” she said.

“It is very important we do not stand by and allow it to happen because it is preventable and can cause a rippling effect, fatalities and intergenerational issues.

“While there were some men in attendance on the night they were vastly outnumbered by females, and I would like to see more men becoming part of the solution.

“They can do this by teaching other men how to get involved, calling out inappropriate behaviour and helping by building equal and safe environments for women.”

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