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Candles against violence

Candles against violence

Gippsland turns purple for family violence

Landmarks across Gippsland will turn purple tomorrow night (Wednesday) as they join other landmarks in shining a light on family violence.

Lighting the Loy Yang Cooling Towers, the Wedge Performing Arts Centre and Clocktower in Sale and the West Gippsland Art Centre in Warragul, the local landmarks will join places like the Melbourne Town Hall, Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, as people across Australia light a candle to remember the women and children who have died as a result of domestic violence.

In Australia, one woman is murdered every week by her current or former partner. By supporting the Candlelight Vigil people can help honour their memories and bring light to this urgent issue.

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CEO for Victoria’s 24/7 Family Violence Response Centre, Safe Steps, Rita Butera, is excited by the support shown by regional centres.

“It’s great to have the support of Gippsland through the lighting up of local landmarks as part of this year’s Candlelight Vigil” said Ms Butera.

“As well as remembering the women and children whose lives have been lost, let the event remind us all that there is help for those experiencing family and domestic violence, regardless of where you are located.”

Safe Steps will also be hosting an online vigil tomorrow night. An opportunity for people to come together in reflection and remembrance, the vigil will be presented by Jess Hill (the award-winning author of See What You Made Me Do) and will include speakers, music and a one minute silence.

As Victorians come together to raise awareness on this important issue, people can register to watch the event at and are also encouraged to take a photo of themselves at their local landmark and share on social media platforms using #lightacandle2021 and #EndDV

If you are experiencing family violence you can call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 or contact online at In an emergency call 000.

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