Remembering victims of family and domestic violence
Stand up and say no to domestic and family violence. That's the message this National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day. Typically this day is honoured through a candlelight vigil and a memorial ceremony, however, due to current events this is not possible. Tamworth Family Support Service manager Lynda Townsend said encouraged people to light a candle at home from 6pm to honour victims of domestic and family violence. "COVID-19 has prevented the coming together of people this year however we still honour the women and children who have so tragically lost their lives through domestic violence," Ms Townsend said. "This day we continue to vow our commitment to the survivors, the families and friends who still endure the heartache that we will not forget and we will continue to fight for a future free of violence. "'There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even when they have gone the light remains. We remember." Normally TFSS and the community acknowledges the day by holding a candle-lit vigil and laying a wreath at the memorial stone in Bicentennial Park, and while that was not possible the staff still laid a wreath at the memorial stone. Gunnedah Shire Council is supporting a national movement with a Facebook event page allowing people to voice their support. People are encouraged to spread the message by posting a photo of themselves, their family, friends or work team holding a candle. Including the following message with the post to help make a unified stand against domestic violence: “Today on National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day, I stand up and say no to domestic and family violence and light this candle to acknowledge all of the victims of domestic abuse.” If you or someone you know needs help, please call NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463. In an emergency call 000.