Candlelight vigil walk to remember victims of domestic violence

21/04/2017

The St George Domestic Violence (DV) Committee, with the support of Georges River Council, will be holding a candlelight vigil walk on Wednesday 3 May 2017 to mark National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day.
 
The walk will begin at Kogarah Town Square and will finish at Hogben Park, and is an opportunity to remember victims of domestic and family violence.
 
Members of the public are encouraged to attend to remember those who have lost their lives because of domestic and family violence, and also show their support for survivors.
 
“We need to ensure our community is aware of domestic violence, and we want to encourage people to stand up and speak out about it,” said Georges River Council Administrator, John Rayner.
 
“To help bring attention to this important cause Georges River Council awarded its 2017 Citizen of the Year award to Natalia Esdaile Watts, a campaigner against domestic violence.
 
“Domestic and family violence is not always physical – White Ribbon Australia also includes financial, social, sexual, emotional, verbal, spiritual abuse and stalking.
 
One woman is killed every week at the hands of a current or former partner in Australia.
 
In 2016 St George Police Local Area Command reported that they attend approximately 250 domestic violence incidents per month, or 3000 per year. Of this yearly total, 582 incidents were DV assaults.
 
Across the state, NSW Police attend approximately 400 DV incidents per day, around 150,000 per year.
 
“We want our community to know that all forms of violence are unacceptable, and we want people who are suffering to understand they are not alone – there is help and support available to them,” added Mr Rayner.
 
Participants may wish to lay a rose at the walk’s end in memory of a victim. Roses will be available for a gold coin donation, and flameless candles will be on loan for the event.
 
For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
For help or support please call
NSW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE on 1800 656 463
or
Lifeline 13 11 14