The Sunshine Coast community came together to mark Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (May) with a candlelight vigil held at Cotton Tree Park.
More than 250 people gathered at the event hosted by Centacare and the Council on May 4.
The annual event has been organized by Centacare since 2000.
The theme of the vigil and march was Hear Her Voice, which asked the community to hear the voices, stories and perspectives of abused women and children.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said we could all do more, as individuals and as a community, to show those who are suffering that they are not alone.
“The march and the lighting of the candles was a sobering reminder that domestic and family violence continues to affect the Sunshine Coast community like any other,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“I hope anyone affected by domestic or family violence can gain strength through the support of our community tonight.
Community Portfolio Advisor David Law said he was proud to see the number of people who have united against domestic and family violence.
“I want to thank the community who attended the event to take a stand against abuse,” said Cr Law.
“I also express my gratitude to Centacare and all event partners for their continued coordination of the event and their daily hard work to support survivors of domestic and family violence.
“The Council is committed to continuing to support the campaign to end gender based violence and it is a key objective of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 to address domestic violence within our community. “
In an emergency, call the ambulance or the police on 000.
All incidents of violence must be reported to the police. If there is no immediate emergency, you can report DFV to the police by calling Policelink on 13 14 44 or make a non-emergency DFV report by submitting a form online.
If you or someone you know is being abused, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800 RESPECT for advice and help. This service is open 24 hours a day and provides confidential advice by telephone or online chat.
Centacare provides a range of specialist support services for women, children and families affected by domestic and family violence. For more information, contact the Maroochydore office on 07 5430 9300.
For more information on preventing domestic and family violence on the Sunshine Coast, go to sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Community-Safety/Domestic-and-family-violence