The Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network are inviting people to attend a 1 hour candle lighting ceremony held in their community, beginning at 5.30pm, to remember those who have died and the loved ones left behind as a result of domestic and family violence. Ceremonies will be held across the State, from the Gold Coast to Cairns, to mark the day.
On average, 17 Queenslanders lose their lives through domestic violence each year, with the national average being 74 people annually. Disturbingly, the rates of Intimate Partner homicide within Australia remain stable unlike the total homicide rate that has declined by one third over the last six years.
Secretary of Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network, Ms Amanda Lee-Ross, says, “The community participating in ceremonies such as Remembrance Day is particularly important to victims of domestic and family violence as there is still such a silence around this issue. So many survivors and victims’ families are forced to carry a silent burden themselves.”
Brisbanes vigil will be held at 5.30pm atop the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Visit www.communityservices.qld.gov.au for further details of events in your community.