Candlelight vigil to remember victims of violence

Published 9:15am 3 May 2023

Candlelight vigil to remember victims of violence
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Three candlelight vigils will be held throughout the region tonight in honour of those who have died from domestic or family violence.

The vigils will be held at the Encircle Neighbourhood Centres at Kallangur, Lawnton and Redcliffe from 5-6.30pm.

This will be a safe place for the community to gather and remember those who have died because of domestic and family violence, including four lives lost in the Moreton Bay community since last year's ceremony.

Encircle Community Services have hosted a public candle lighting ceremony for the past 13 years.

The vigils are held as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, which is held every year in May to raise community awareness and to send a clear message that violence in families and homes will not be tolerated.

This is a free event and light refreshments, candles and a program will be provided to all who attend. Bookings are essential for catering purposes.

You can reserve your place by clicking here.

Pay your respects

The candle lighting ceremonies will be held from 5-6.30pm at the following locations:

Encircle Redcliffe Neighbourhood Centre

1 Lamington Drive, Redcliffe

Encircle Kallangur Neighbourhood Centre

51 Marsden Road, Kallangur

Encircle Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre

865 Gympie Road, Lawnton

Reach out for help

If you or someone you know needs help, there are plenty of services that can assist.

These include:

1800RESPECT

Phone: 1800 737 732

This is a 24-hour national sexual assault, family, and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

DVConnect Womensline

Phone: 1800 811 811

This is a state-wide telephone service offering free professional and non-judgemental telephone support to women who are experiencing domestic or family violence. They can help women to obtain safe refuge accommodation, confidential counselling, and referral to other services.

They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

DVConnect Mensline

Phone: 1800 600 636

This is a state-wide telephone service offering free confidential counselling, referral and support to men affected by domestic and family violence seven days a week.

They are available from 9am-12 midnight.

Sexual Assault Helpline

Phone: 1800 010 120

This provides telephone support and counselling to anyone who has been sexually assaulted or abused, or for anyone who is concerned or suspects someone they care about might have been assaulted or abused.

They are available from 7.30am-11.30pm, seven days a week.

Kids Helpline

Phone: 1800 551 800

This is a national, free, private, and confidential phone and counselling service for young people aged between five and 25 years of age.

They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lifeline

Phone: 13 11 14

This provides Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to crisis support and suicide prevention services.

They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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