Mackay to rally against domestic and family violence

Residents, led by Mayor Deirdre Comerford and councillors, will rally at Stadium Mackay next month to send a message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.

The rally on Sunday, October 11, is part of a local government campaign, titled Safer Families, Better Communities, which will publicly condemn domestic violence with state-wide coinciding rallies and marches.

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

Mayor Deirdre Comerford said every community member had the right to feel safe.

“We need to take a public stand against this horrendous crime that often goes unreported and unpunished in our communities,” she said.

“No-one should live in fear of abuse, especially in their own home, and, as a community, we need to speak out against domestic and family violence.

“Any individual who is experiencing domestic violence can be assured that there are support services available to them.”

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.

“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 will be collected at the rally for agencies that support victims of domestic and family violence.

Details and guest speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (1300 622 529)

Published: 23 Sep 2015