Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an annual event held each May to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the support available to those affected. The key aims of the month are to:
- raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and its impacts;
- promote a clear message of no tolerance of domestic and family violence in communities;
- ensure those who are experiencing domestic and family violence know how to access help and support;
- encourage people who use abuse and/or violence to take responsibility for their abusive behaviour and seek support to change.
As part of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month activities, a special candle lighting ceremony is held each year on the first Wednesday in May to remember those who have died and the ones left behind due to domestic and family violence. This year, Domestic Violence Remembrance Day falls on Wednesday 3 May.
Find more information at Respect.gov.au – Violence against women. Let’s stop it at the start or https://www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/
Read the priority issues paper on Family Violence, prepared by Gippsland PHN together with Gippsland Women’s Health and Gippsland Family Violence Alliance at https://gphn.org.au/resources/