TAKING A STAND: Community leaders and members join together to raise awareness of domestic violence.
TAKING A STAND: Community leaders and members join together to raise awareness of domestic violence. Samantha Oneil

March in city shows support for domestic violence victims

CONCERNED community members have gathered at the Warwick Town Hall with the goal of raising awareness of domestic violence and showing support for those affected by it.

The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band led the march down Palmerin St to Leslie Park for a candle-lighting ceremony and speeches.

Guest speakers addressed the issue on personal and professional fronts, calling for members of the community to step up to the challenge.

Sergeant Shane Reid said, on average, Warwick Police were called to one domestic violence situation every day of the year.

Southern Downs Regional Council CEO David Keenan congratulated Zonta and Safe Haven for their efforts.

"It is only through education that you'll actually start achieving these outcomes to lessen the percentage, it shouldn't be there at all," Mr Keenan said.
 

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band leads the march from the Town Hall to Leslie Park for the candle-lighting ceremony.
Warwick Thistle Pipe Band leads the march from the Town Hall to Leslie Park for the candle-lighting ceremony.

Warwick Safe Haven vice-president Pam Burley gave a moving speech to close the evening, calling for community members to continue the fight.

"Don't let this (event) be the full stop at the end of the sentence," Mrs Burley said.



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