Sunshine Coast communities to say no to domestic and family violence
  • Tuesday 18 April 2017
ImageMay is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month and the community is invited to join Mayor Mark Jamieson on Wednesday, May 3 for a march and candlelit vigil to remember those who have been affected by domestic and family violence.

In partnership with the regional Domestic and Family Violence support service Centacare/SCOPE, Mayor Jamieson urged residents to unite and send a clear message that domestic and family violence would not be tolerated in our community.

He said Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month would continue to raise awareness about the occurrence and impacts of domestic and family violence to our community, and provide information about available support for those seeking help.

“It will engage and educate Queenslanders to create a community that supports respectful relationships, practises positive attitudes and behaviours, and promotes a culture of non-violence,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The march and candle lighting ceremony on May 3 is a very sobering event.

“However it is important to honour those who have lost their lives and those left behind as a result of domestic and family violence.

“We hope the month-long campaign will challenge our communities to consider their attitudes towards domestic and family violence and recognise that a whole of community response is required to stop the violence.

“We want to encourage family, friends, neighbours and colleagues of victims to take steps they might not otherwise take to respond to domestic and family violence.”

For 24-hour, confidential, sexual assault and domestic violence information and support, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or SCOPE Sunshine Coast regional domestic and family violence service on 5430 9300. If you are in immediate danger please contact Police on triple zero (000).

Event Fast Facts
What: National Domestic Violence Prevention Day to Remember
When: Wednesday May 3
Time: 5pm: start of march; 5.30 – 6.30pm: candle lighting ceremony
Meet at the HMAS Brisbane Memorial, Alexandra Headland to march to the Loo with a View, Beach Terrace, Mooloolaba.