By Genevieve Waldie
May is the “Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month” in Queensland.
During this month, a range of activities will be held across Queensland communities to bring awareness to the growing problem of domestic and family violence.
COVID-19 restrictions mean many of these events will be held virtually, including the Domestic and Family Violence Summit, and the Candlelight Vigil, both held on May 6.
The Candle Lighting Vigil is held annually to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of family violence and this year will be streamed via Facebook Live. The Story Bridge and the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane will be lit purple to highlight awareness of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and as a government we take our commitment to addressing it head on very seriously. During this month let us all say, ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ to violence in our communities,” Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said.
Across Australia at least one women is killed every week by an intimate partner.
COVID-19 isolation measures add another layer of stress to families who may now be facing job losses, financial hardships and uncertain futures. Women and children are more isolated than ever and facing increased time at home which for many is not a safe place.
“The death in February of Hannah Clarke and her three children was an absolute tragedy,” Ms Di Farmer said,
“It is a reminder of how crucially important it is to support women… We work together to raise awareness and let victims know they are not alone and that support and help are available to them.”
QLD Support Services:
DVConnect 1800 811 811
1800Respect 1800 737 732
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78