Gretel Killeen was the guest speaker at the recent DVAC Gala Cocktail fundraiser
Gretel Killeen was the guest speaker at the recent DVAC Gala Cocktail fundraiser

Gretel Killeen says no to domestic violence in Ipswich

MORE than 120 guests attended the second annual Domestic Violence Action Centre Gala Cocktail party at the Ipswich Girls Grammar School recently to hear guest speaker and media personality, Gretel Killeen.

Ms Killeen spoke about her experiences in stage, television and screen and encouraged all women and girls to be strong and stand up for their rights.

The guest speaker highlighted the problem of domestic and family violence as a community-wide problem and said there should be no shame to speak out about violence in a relationship.

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard also attended the function and spoke on behalf of the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Ms Howard said every part of society was affected by domestic and family violence, and that was why local organisations such as DVAC were so important.

"They reach into the darkness and into the silence and help pull women and children to safety," she said.

The recent function raised much-needed funds to allow DVAC to deliver counselling, court support, safety upgrades to property, referral and support services and community education in Ipswich and surrounding areas.



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