In Australia, on average, one woman is killed by her partner or former partner as a result of domestic and family violence every week. But more shocking is the statistic that since the start of this year that figure has doubled, with two women killed every week as a result of domestic and family violence.
It’s a distressing statistic and the local Sunshine Coast community recently came together to shine a light on the issue and remember those who have lost their lives at a candlelight vigil at Mooloolaba. The lighting of a candle symbolises life.
“It was a very moving and reflective ceremony, which was part of the National Day to Remember those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence. The event was dignified, sombre and hopeful. Our SCOPE team, along with a number of key stakeholders, did a magnificent job and the local police were also there in large numbers, along with a number of other key stakeholders,” said Christine Hodge Director, Centacare Family & Relationship Services.
Centacare SCOPE (Suncoast Cooloola Outreach Prevention and Education) has been established to reduce the occurrence and impact of domestic and family violence, from Caloundra to Gympie and the Hinterland.
Our Domestic and Family Violence services include:
- outreach counselling, information and referral
- domestic and family violence court support
- crisis intervention including safety planning
- assistance with Domestic Violence Order applications
- community education and awareness
- women’s groups – for those affected by domestic and family violence
- a safety upgrades program.
“It was really wonderful that several hundred locals turned out. A local choir entertained the crowd with their beautiful singing and a local dance group also performed a flash mob dance at the event,” said Christine.
One of the aims of the candlelight ceremony is to raise awareness of the local domestic and family violence services and help that is available. Another is to collectively make a stand as a community, acknowledging that domestic and family violence exists and that it is never acceptable.
One out of every three adult women is a victim of domestic and family violence at some point during their lifetime.