Vigil to mark victims of domestic violence
SO FAR in 2015, 24 women and four children (including one unborn baby) have died at the hands of their ex-partners, husbands, brothers, work colleagues and fathers.
While the media spotlight has shone a light on the startling figures, in part thanks to the courageous advocacy of domestic violence survivor Rosie Batty, there is still a greater need to personalise the victims and to increase awareness.
That is why the Lismore Women's Health and Resource Centre is inviting all members of the Lismore and surrounding communities to join in a one-hour Candlelight Vigil for the women and children who have died as a result of domestic violence.
It will coincide with other candlelight vigils to be held all over the country to recognise the beginning of Domestic Violence Prevention month.
During the vigil, hosts will read out the names of the women and children who have been taken this year and hold a minute's silence in their memory.
Frontline domestic violence worker Tracey Devine said, "Although none of these deaths happened in Lismore, it could easily have. The risk is always great.
"We hope this event will start a grassroots community conversation -that people will be less afraid to step in if they hear something and that victims will be more likely to reach out," she said
- The vigil will be held at Lismore City Hall, Bounty St, from 5.30pm, May 6.
- Lismore Women's Health and Resource Centre can provide safe and confidential counselling, crisis support and referrals for women who have or are experiencing domestic violence.
- Contact the centre on 6621 9800 if you require support or assistance.