Councils to march against domestic violence

A march against domestic violence in Gympie
A march against domestic violence in Gympie

QUEENSLAND councils will unite to send a powerful message that family violence will not be tolerated in their communities.

Marches and rallies, led by mayors and councillors, will be held across the state on Sunday, October 11, as part of a local government campaign, titled Safer Families, Better Communities, to publicly condemn domestic violence.

Recent tragedies, including the deaths of two women and a six-year-old girl, have caused widespread distress and anger.

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) president Councillor Margaret de Wit said the latest domestic violence incidents were not isolated and police figures showed the crime was a growing scourge.

"As community leaders, we have a special role in all of this," Cr de Wit said. 

"We need to take a public stand against this all too common blight in our communities.

"Domestic violence touches all parts of society and all levels of income. 

"More and more of us now know it is happening in our communities and now is the time to take positive and decisive steps to reduce it."

The campaign, which will use #SaferFamilies to spread the message via social media, aims to encourage state-wide solidarity in addressing domestic violence.

Donations for domestic violence services will be collected at the march and rally.

"Australian's should no longer tolerate the silence and ignorance that has surrounded domestic violence in this country," Cr de Wit said. 

"All have a responsibility to prevent this ugly and loathsome facet of society from claiming any more victims."

Details of marches and rallies to be held in regions throughout Queensland will be confirmed over the next two weeks.

Topics:  domestic violence

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