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Safe Steps Family Violence Candlelight Vigil 2023

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On Wednesday 3rd May 2023, people across Australia will light a candle to remember those who have been killed by domestic and family violence. By joining this evening of reflection and remembrance, we honour their memories and help bring light to this national crisis.

Over the past 10 years in Australia, one woman has been killed nearly every week and one child killed each fortnight in the context of domestic and family violence. The Candlelight Vigil provides a space for people to come together to grieve for them, share messages of hope, and ensure that we never forget the people behind the statistics.  

Domestic and family violence affects people from all walks of life and includes many forms of abuse and violence that is not always physical. 

The Vigil is also a call to action to speak up, lifting the veil of silence that surrounds domestic and family violence, and reach out for support if experiencing, and/or perpetrating violence.

The event is LGBTIQA+ friendly. 

We will have specialist counsellors available for support and debriefing.

Other ways you can show your support

Host a local event or vigil 

  • Please email for materials

Share a video or message on your social media 

  • Post a message or video on social media about why you are lighting a candle or who you are lighting a candle for
  • Please include the hashtag #LightACandle2023  and or additional hashtags #Vigil2023#WeRememberYou, #NeverForgotten, #endDV  

Please note: 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the Vigil may contain images or stories of people who have passed away.

It will also contain stories of domestic and family abuse, which may be triggering for some participants. 

You can contact 1800RESPECT any time of the night or day for counselling and support on 1800 737 732.

If you are experiencing family violence, please contact Safe Steps on 1800 015 188, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

If you are in immediate danger, please contact police on 000.

If you are concerned about your behaviour, please contact the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.

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