A public gathering to mark Hills Says No to Domestic Violence will be held in Castle Hill on November 29 at Arthur Whitling Park next to Castle Hill Metro Station between 10am and 11am.

The gathering is to replace the annual march that closed Castle Street between Castle Towers and Castle Hill RSL.

Organisers of the event, the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network, will hold a ceremony to remember the women and children who have been killed so far this year by a former partner or loved one.

There will be flowers laid to remember each death and the names of those who have died in the past 12 months will be read out loud.

A survivor of domestic abuse will be one of the speakers at the event.

Aileen Mountifield from the Lisa Harnum Foundation and the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Committee said: “Between January and mid-October this year 45 women have already lost their lives due to domestic violence which is 45 too many.

“I am hoping people will come to raise awareness regarding the existence of domestic violence which unfortunately is happening in our community.”

Carol Harding from The Sanctuary and the HDVPN said: “ We would also like people to know that there is help available for those who are experiencing violence in their relationship or for those who know someone in that situation“

Tara Gleig from Youth Rezolutions and HDVPN said: ” At Youth Rezolutions we see that Domestic Violence has an impact on the young people who live in our local community. ‘

Lisa Harnum Foundation: 1300 732 848
The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter: 9680 2653
Youth Rezolutions: 9680 1201
Settlement Services International: 9685 0100
DV Helpline: 1800 65 64 63

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