Candlelight vigil to remember domestic violence victims

May 1, 2024 10:55 am in by

Victims of domestic violence will be remembered at a special candlelight vigil in Ulverstone on Wednesday.

The Zonta Club of Devonport and Soroptimist International are hosting the free community event at the Gnomon Pavillion, starting at 6 pm.

The vigil will follow a national cabinet gathering of federal and state leaders in Canberra to try and work out how to stem the tide of violence against women.

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New data from the Australian Institute of Criminology’s National Homicide Monitoring Programme shows the number of women killed by a partner leapt by twenty-eight-percent in the 12-months to June last year.

16% of all murders in Australia in the same period were carried out by current or former intimate partners, with 27 women so far this year killed by a partner or spouse.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by domestic violence, you can always contact 1800RESPECT for confidential information, counselling and support services.