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Domestic and Family Violence Remembrance Day

pencil Posted 04th May

The 13 Australian women who have lost their lives due to domestic and family violence so far in 2023 were honoured at a quiet gathering at Town Beach on National Domestic and Family Violence Remembrance Day, on Wednesday 3 May.

Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services paid respect to the women killed by their partners, former partners or family members this year, reading out each woman’s name and the circumstances of her death, laying 13 roses and pausing for a minute’s silence.

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia each year.

In 2022, 56 lives were lost due to violence against women.

Liberty CEO Kelly Lamb said Domestic and Family Violence Remembrance Day was a chance for the Liberty team and members of the community to express their grief and call for an end to domestic violence.

“This national day of remembrance reminds us that we can prevent future deaths with the right interventions, education and specialist support services like Liberty,” Mrs Lamb said.

“Locally, more than 1200 women and children experiencing domestic and family violence sought support through Liberty last financial year.

“As well as raising awareness, we also want to provide people with information and links to services, so they can better understand, prevent and stop domestic and family violence,” Mrs Lamb said.

Across the country today, domestic violence services and members of the community will be gathering to remember the lives lost with candlelight vigils and commemorative services.

The heartbreaking and difficult work of collating the number of domestic violence deaths is conducted by the Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy the Joint.

If you need support, call Liberty on 6583 2155 or 1800RESPECT.

Liberty team

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