DVConnect’s commitment to providing an effective, safe and supportive response to people living with domestic and family violence also means that we advocate for a safe community for all.
To reinforce this commitment DVConnect participates in a range of activities throughout the year from symposiums, seminars, community events, training, awareness presentations and memorials to highlight the consequences of domestic violence not only on those directly affected but also on the community as a whole
We also produce a series of posters and brochures to assist in our ongoing campaign to prevent domestic and family violence and to help people in the community to better understand what their options are and to know who to turn to if they find themselves affected by domestic and family violence, or if they are concerned about someone else.
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (DFVPM) is held during May each year.
Supporters and those involved in providing services and associated support networks for those affected by Domestic or Family Violence around the state come together in May to raise community awareness and promote a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
We encourage anyone: individuals, community groups and corporate Queensland, in fact anyone at all who supports this message to join in by supporting local activities, organising your own events or by simply displaying our promotional posters, distributing our brochures or indeed just by raising the issue for discussion amongst your friends and family.
We’re happy to promote your events on our news page and might be able to assist in other ways – just drop us an email to register your event or activity and let’s work together towards preventing Domestic and Family Violence!
Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your event on our news pages.
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DFVPM – Candle Lighting Ceremony
Candle Lighting Ceremonies and vigils are public events, held State-wide simultaneously on the first Wednesday of May.
Lighting candles in memory of those who have lost their lives as a result of Domestic or family Violence is a public gesture to the families and the community that we will not give up our fight to end these most preventable of deaths.
In Brisbane the 2013 Candle Lighting Ceremony was held at Kangaroo Point
In recent years this poignant and dignified ceremony has gradually become a national event with vigils in every State and Territory in 2013.
Red Rose Rallies
A Silent Rally is held at midday on the Friday following any announcements of deaths related to domestic or family violence.
In Brisbane these rallies are held respectfully outside Parliament House (cnr George & Alice) and we invite anyone who wishes to publicly support the families of loved ones lost to domestic violence or to remind our politicians and the wider community of the ongoing human cost of this preventable violence, to join us.
Details of each Red Rose Rally are published on Facebook/red rose rallies and on Twitter #RedRoseRally
White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon Day is a worldwide movement started by men to raise awareness of the extent of violence against women.
On the afternoon of 6 December 1989, a man walked into a University in Montreal and massacred 14 of his female classmates because he didn’t believe that women should be studying engineering.
In 1999, following a ten year campaign by a group of outraged Canadian men, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a white ribbon as its iconic symbol.
White Ribbon Day began in Australia in 2003 as part of UNIFEM (now UN Women), formally becoming a Foundation in 2007.
The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
The Campaign is a means for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against
For more information about white Ribbon Day in Australia click here
According to a 2013 World Health Organisation report *
“Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide”