Stamping out family violence

Ipswich men and women marched around the Ipswich City Mall in high heels to raise awareness and combat violence against women.
Ipswich men and women marched around the Ipswich City Mall in high heels to raise awareness and combat violence against women. Sarah Harvey

ALMOST 120 people walked united in silence and with pride - some in heels - through the streets of Ipswich on Wednesday night to show violence was not a solution, answer or response.

Ipswich Womens' Centre Against Domestic Violence spokeswoman Phillipa Johnson said the new Ipswich Says No to Violence committee was thrilled with the support and enthusiasm that Ipswich demonstrated.

"We had double the number of people who attended the Remembrance Day event last year and we anticipate tripling it in 2013," Ms Johnson said.

"Once we had walked through the streets we returned to D'arcy Doyle Place and everyone held a candle as we took a minute to remember the women and children who have lost their lives through domestic and family violence this year.

"It was also a great opportunity to connect with people who have similar passions and concerns for our community and hear the ways that Ipswich is and can respond to violence."

Ms Johnson said the event was important because violence was not often challenged.

"We are driven by the need for the Ipswich and wider community to rally together against violence and name it as unacceptable and preventable."

Phone 3816 3000 if you need help with domestic violence.

Topics:  ipswich womens' centre against domestic violence, violence



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