Tomorrow there will be a Say No to Domestic Violence Walk at 11.30am from Tesch Park to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.
Many of us will walk and bear witness to the fact that domestic violence exists in our community; and we don't like it - in fact we say no more domestic violence in all its forms in our local and the wider community.
A couple of years ago it was the equivalent of 1 per week; then last year it as1.5 per week; and so far this year it has been 2 per week.
I have made 52 purple crosses with red cords. The purple represents women; the crosses represents murdered women; and the red cord represents the violence of their deaths.
|©2015 Barry Smith - 52 crosses - 52 weeks of the year in which women are murdered - and we call it domestic violence!!!!|
|©2015 Barry Smith - 52 crosses representing too many dead women.|
We need to name true deaths of these women for what they are - they are murders. We, our community, our governments, our law enforcers; and our legal system.
We will also celebrate the resilience and courage of women who surveyed abusive relationships; protected their children; and gone on to live positive, productive and valuable lives in our community.