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North Burnett Regional Council stands with the community in support, hope and resilience to mark the beginning of May’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

With two events being held in Gayndah, North Burnett Regional Council CEO, Margot Stork, encouraged residents to attend and get involved.

“May marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month – a community led initiative held annually to raise awareness and understanding of domestic and family violence.”

The 2024 theme is ‘it’s in our control to end coercive control’.

“By coming together to raise awareness and highlight the support services available, we send a clear message that violence in our communities will not be tolerated.”

“There will be two community led events held, offering a safe space to come together to reaffirm our commitment to preventing domestic violence and supporting those in need, especially in our North Burnett community.”

  • Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30pm at the Gayndah Court House.
  • Walk for Awareness will be held Thursday, 16 May at 7:15am on the Gayndah River Walk, meeting at 1 Maltby Place, Gayndah.

“Domestic violence is a societal issue that demands our united attention and action,” Mayor Les Hotz said. “It is important we challenge the behaviours and attitudes that fuel domestic and family violence, violence against women and coercive control, as they threaten the safety of our friends, colleagues and communities.”

“Help is available for those affected by domestic violence. Whether you are experiencing abuse firsthand or know someone who is, there are resources and support networks ready to assist you,” Mayor Hotz said.

People in immediate danger are advised to call 000.

For support or to speak with a counsellor, please call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or DV Connect 1800 811 811.

Support is available via Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis line: 13 11 14.