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May is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this Wednesday 5 May, a candlelight vigil will be held across Australia, including at Ainslie Place in the city.
Held by Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT in conjunction with other government and non-government organisations, the vigil remembers those who have died as a result of domestic and family violence.
The public is encouraged to attend the free vigil if they wish, to pay their respects and observe a minute’s silence followed by a rendition of Amazing Grace, played on the bagpipes by former DVCS employee, Gayle Scott.
The event will be hosted by ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner, Heidi Yates and there will be speeches from Minister for Women Yvette Berry and Glenda Stevens of DVCS, as well as readings from Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan and Coodinator General of Family Safety Kirsty Windeyer.
“Ainslie Place is a beautiful space which allows us to remember, recognise and reflect on those who have died and children who have been left without a parent as a result of domestic and family violence,” says Glenda Stevens, Interim General Manager of DVCS.
“This year we will recognise 79 women, 16 men and five children who have died and the 138 children who are now without a parent in the ACT since we commenced keeping records. We will recognise the 22 people who have been murdered so far this year in Australia.”
The candlelit vigil will be held on Wednesday 5 May from 5.45 pm at Ainslie Place, Canberra City.
The event is free and open to anyone in the community. Attendees are encouraged to register via the DVCS website for COVID tracing purposes if required.