Kilmore District Health traditionally lights its bluestone building as part of a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died due to family violence.

Kilmore District Health’s candlelight vigil for family violence victims will this year be open to the wider public.

People across Australia will light a candle to remember those who have been killed by domestic and family violence on Wednesday, May 4.

By joining an evening of reflection and remembrance, people can honour their memories and help bring to light a national crisis.

Kilmore District Health will be hosting a candlelight vigil from 6pm to 6.30pm in the Rose Garden near the entrance to the health service in Anderson Road.

Candles will be provided for people to light in memory of those lost to family violence. Soup will also be provided.

Kilmore District Health Strengthening Hospitals Response to Family Violence project officer Regula McKinlay said one woman has been killed nearly every week and one child killed each fortnight due to family violence in Australia over the past 10 years.

“The candlelight vigil provides a space for people to come together to grieve for them, share messages of hope, and ensure that we never forget the people behind the statistics,” she said.

“Domestic and family violence affects people from all walks of life and includes many forms of abuse and violence that is not always physical.

“The vigil is also a call to action to speak up, lifting the veil of silence that surrounds domestic and family violence, and reach out for support if experiencing, and/or perpetrating violence.”

There is no need to register for the event – everyone is welcome to attend.

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