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Canberra vigil to mark start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Today is the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the National Day of Remembrance. During this time, organisations and communities unite to enhance advocacy and raise awareness about domestic and family violence.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) is hosting a vigil tonight at 5:45pm in the Reception Room of the ACT Legislative Assembly. Similar vigils are also taking place nationwide to remember and honour those who have died due to domestic and family violence.

This year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes at a crucial time in the country, with recent marches across Australia demanding action to end violence against women.

“28 women have died as a result of violence already this year,” said Sue Webeck, CEO of DVCS.

“One death is too many. The countless women in our community who are impacted by violence in their everyday lives is too much for us to accept. The children left without a parent, the children impacted by violence in their homes, the children who may never come to the attention of people who may be able to help, it is too much for us to accept.”

“The candle vigils are an opportunity for us to come together to reflect, show solidarity and continue our advocacy for better systems and responses to domestic and family violence and the ultimate hope that we may all live a life free from violence.”

“We invite the community to join us to reflect, recognise and pay respect to those whose lives have been taken.”

“This year’s vigil will focus on our children, ensuring they can be seen. The trauma they experience as a result of domestic and family violence can impact their whole lives. We need to place children’s needs at the centre. We owe our children a future free from violence.”  

Tonight, Canberra monuments the Telstra Tower and Old Parliament House among others will also be lit up in purple in acknowledgment of this solemn day.

Today, the national cabinet agreed to an almost $1billion package to assist women dealing with domestic abuse. Women looking to escape violent relationships will be able to access $5,000 financial support as part of the package.

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