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A moving event held to remember victims of domestic violence


Kogarah commuters heading home on a wet Wednesday evening may have wondered what was happening when they saw a candlelight vigil making its way along the city streets.

A committed group of approximately 60 attendees gathered on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at Kogarah Town Square for the St George Candlelight Vigil Walk and Ceremony to mark National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day.

Attendees walked together to Hogben Park where a moving candlelight ceremony was held to remember victims of domestic and family violence.

Speakers at the event included Georges River Council 2017 Citizen of the Year award winner Ms Natalia Esdaile Watts, Federal Member for Banks Mr David Coleman MP, Ms Beti Ford and Superintendent Local Area Commander Mark Walton from St George Local Area Command and local Aboriginal Elder Aunty Annette Webb.

Deep concern about domestic violence was expressed by all speakers, however there was also a constant theme of hope.

Georges River Council hopes that through its collaboration with the St George Domestic Violence Committee, with LAC Police and with support agencies and community networks, a positive difference can be made in relation to this important national issue.

One woman is killed every week at the hands of a current or former partner in Australia.

For more information, please contact Council.

For help or support please call NSW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE on 1800 656 463 or Lifeline 13 11 14.

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