11 May PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE IN MAY
Have you noticed a purple hue across town in recent weeks? Gladstone businesses and organisations have been encouraged to Paint the Town Purple to raise awareness in May for Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month. The aim is to send a clear message that domestic and family violence is not acceptable in our community.
The Gladstone Community Co-ordinated Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV) commenced participating in the ‘Paint the town Purple’ initiative in 2016. Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator for the Capricornia Police District, Sergeant Vicki Dredge explained that the awareness campaign aims to encourage people to start a conversation about domestic and family violence awareness and prevention. “Domestic violence prevention is a community responsibility,” Sergeant Dredge said.
Sergeant Dredge explained that It is not just up to one person or one organisation to make a change. “We want people to gain the confidence to step forward and seek help,” she added. “That way we can wrap some services around them and offer protection and supports, so the situation doesn’t escalate.”
The May awareness campaign launched on Wednesday, May 1st with a Remembrance Service and the unveiling of a new memorial within the Avenue of Peace at Friend Park in Barney Point. The Avenue of Peace provides somewhere for families and friends of those lost to domestic and family violence to remember and share the memories of their loved ones.
Sergeant Dredge said the Zonta Club of Gladstone co-ordinated the installation of the pathway and the new monument at the local park. Ms Dredge said the stone for the memorial was donated by Rayment Excavations who also helped with preparing the site for its installation.
The CCRDFV committee has several events planned throughout May, including their popular Empowering Maintenance program and a Dress Purple Charity Barefoot Bowls Event. For more information visit http://www.gladstoneccrdfv.com.au/