May is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month!
This Walk Against Domestic Violence and the Candlelight Ceremony is hosted by the Sunshine Coast Council. The Sunshine Coast community are encouraged to champion this Cause by joining in the march, which starts at Alexandra Headlands War Memorial - at the HMAS Brisbane Monument - at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 3 May. The march will head towards the Loo With A View in Mooloolaba and culminate in an emotional candle lighting ceremony in memory of those who have sadly lost their lives to domestic and family violence.
In partnership with Centacare SCOPE (Sunshine Coast Outreach, Prevention and Education), the Council are calling on residents to unite and send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our community.
5.00pm March from Alexandra Headlands War Memorial
5.30pm Ceremony opening 6.00pm Candle lighting and shoe ceremony where people are invited to participate by placing a pair of shoes on the beach to represent a person who has passed on as a result of domestic or family violence 6.30pm Ceremony concludes
Candle lighting ceremony in memory of those who have lost their lives to domestic or family violence - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain
The National Domestic Violence Prevention Month campaign will challenge Queenslanders to consider their attitudes towards domestic and family violence and recognise that a whole community response is needed to stop the violence.
Centacare SCOPE is part of a network of regional services from Caloundra to Gympie and the Hinterland, that work with women and children affected by domestic violence. Their services include:
outreach counselling, information and referral;
domestic and family violence court support;
community education and awareness;
counselling for adults and children;
Women on the Move - group work for women affected by domestic and family violence;
eligibility - women and children who are experiencing domestic violence
No fees are charged for this service
Walkers are invited to place a pair of shoes on the beach in memory of a lost one - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain
For 24-hour confidential, sexual assault and domestic violence information and support please call 1800 RESPECT (1800737732) or SCOPE Sunshine Coast regional domestic and family violence service on 5430-9300. If you, or somebody you know, are in immediate danger, please call the police on triple zero (000).
Let's walk the walk and Say NO! to domestic violence.