These events are designed to raise awareness and help spread the message across Queensland communities that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.
Between 2006 and 2013 an average of 45 per cent of Queensland homicides resulted from domestic and family violence, according to the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit in the Office of the State Coroner.
This year the Queensland Government has provided one-off funding to 57 community organisations across the state to host events and activities that engage and educate Queenslanders and promote collaborations.
Staff representatives from the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) will be participating in the Darkness to Daylight Challenge at Southbank on 4 May.
Runners will compete in either a 110km relay through the night, or join in for the last 10km or 3km of the journey – holding candles to symbolise the hope that people living with domestic violence feel when finding the courage to speak up and get support.
Other events being held around the state during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month include:
- 1-31 May – Kids say no to violence art competition, Arukun
- 4-5 May – Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum, Mackay
- 7 May – ‘Not in our club’ Aussie Rules football matches, Gladstone
- 10 May – Nundah Community Support Group business and community breakfast
- 12 May – ‘No silence about violence’ barbecue, Goondiwindi
- 15 May – Motorcycle ride for awareness of DFV, Ipswich
- 18 May – ‘Through the eyes of a child – children learn what they live’ workshop, Caboolture
- 21 May – ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ family event, Inala
- 25 May – Voices of young people art auction, Gold Coast
- 26 May – Rural Women’s Wellness Day, Miles
- 26 May – ‘Call me Dad’ film screening, Ipswich
For a full list of what’s happening around Queensland during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month visit the events calendar to find out how you can show your support.
If you or someone you know or love is experiencing domestic or family violence, help is available by contacting DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811, DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636 and 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.