WATCH: Warwick candlelight vigil draws a crowd

AS NIGHT fell, the banks of the Condamine River at Queens Park were bathed in candlelight.

A small crowd had gathered to walk in support of ending violence against women.

Hosted by Warwick Safe Haven and Zonta Club of Warwick, the peace march and candle lighting ceremony coincided with the end of Zonta International's 16 days of activisim.

Warwick Zonta president Jacinta Fromm said she was happy to see so many members of the community come along to take a stand against violence.

"Zonta Clubs around the world take up the challenge of 16 days of activism to further raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of gender violence," Mrs Fromm said.

"(During this time we want) to celebrate victories gained in women's rights, to challenge policy and practice that allows women to be targeted for acts of violence, and to demand that violence against women be recognised as as an abuse."

Guest speaker psychologist Mark Cary addressed the crowd, saying how important it was for men and women to work together to end all forms of violence.

"Men are three times less likely to disclose they're victims of domestic violence," Mr Cary said.

"We should afford them the same level of support as well.

"We also need to end this culture of inactivity and silence when it comes to victims.

"We need to start making these issues our business and promote a culture of respect towards women and prevention against violence."



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