Event shines a light on stopping family abuse
“Don’t leave the door open at that time of night, keep fly screen doors (and windows) locked and leave sensor lights and outdoor lights on.
“And if it happens again or you’re concerned call the police.
Senior Constable Bentley said no similar incidents were reported to the station. MORE than 100 women, men and children die every year as a result of domestic violence and 2500 women aged between 20–34 are hospitalised.
It was these people and all victims of domestic violence who were remembered at a candle lighting ceremony at the Airlie Beach foreshore last night.
Award-winning New Zealand singer Emily Jayne took to the stage to sing in solidarity with everyone affected by the issue.
Vigils were set alight across the nation for the first Wednesday of May, which marks Domestic Violence Prevention Month.
Whitsunday Counselling and Support chief executive officer Steve Alexander said it was an important time to stand united and send a clear message.
“It’s important to do what we can to minimise and try and reduce (domestic violence) and make the public aware it is not acceptable, and Domestic Violence Prevention Month is not only about a candle lighting ceremony but the other programs we partake to bring awareness to the forefront,” he said.
“It does normalise the fact that people aren’t alone, that it is prevalent in our society and it does give people the courage to step forward and have a voice.”
In light of pressures and stress caused due to Cyclone Debbie, Mr Alexander said it was particularly important for people to remember to pursue healthy ways of resolving stress.
“It is statistically proven that there is an increase in domestic violence events after a major disaster,” he said.
“It’s still not acceptable.” More awareness-raising events are expected to be announced.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
TAKE CARE: Whitsunday residents are urged to be wary of early morning door knocks.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: The annual candlelight ceremony to remember domestic violence victims.