Candlelight vigil aimed at promoting domestic violence awareness

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Pastor Gary Ferguson lighting the candles at the Uniting Church. Picture: Supplied

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Pastor Gary Ferguson lighting the candles at the Uniting Church. Picture: Supplied

A candle lighting ceremony took place at Ceduna’s Uniting Church last Wednesday following a national day to remember those who have died from domestic and family violence.

Last year, 71 lives were lost to family violence across Australia and 17 women have already lost their lives because of domestic violence this year.

As the names were read, Pastor Gary Ferguson lit a tea light for each person who had lost their life in 2017.

While none of these deaths happened in Ceduna, Pastor Ferguson said the risk of family violence could not be underestimated.

It was also recognised that there was significant violence committed by women against men and that domestic violence also takes the lives of men.

The aim of the ceremony was to create a community conversation, make community members feel less afraid to step in if they know of somebody in an abusive situation and encourage victims to reach out for help.