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Wednesday 2 May | 5:45pm - 7:15pm



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Candlelight Vigil - Remembering lives lost to family violence

Join us for the safe steps Candlelight Vigil, and light a candle in remembrance of women and children lost to family violence.

The Candlelight Vigil takes place every year on the first Wednesday in May. It is held simultaneously with other vigils across Australia to remember women and children who have been killed as a result of family violence.

The Vigil is also an opportunity to come together as a community, stand in solidarity with those still living in an unsafe home environment, and publicly proclaim that family violence is unacceptable and we must do more to better protect and help those experiencing abuse.

At the 2018 Candlelight Vigil a minute’s silence will be observed and an honour roll shown in remembrance of women and children killed at the hands of a person who was meant to love and care for them.

The evening will also feature speeches by family violence survivors and safe steps CEO Annette Gillespie. An event MC and musical tributes will be announced in April.

Please invite your friends and family to join us for this important occasion.

Candles of Hope
If you would like to honour a family member, friend, yourself or anyone else who has been lost to – or lived through – family violence, you can do so with a personalised Candle of Hope, which will be created and placed on stage during the 2018 Candlelight Vigil. Dedicate a Candle of Hope here:

About Safe Steps
safe steps is Victoria’s statewide first response service for women, young people and children experiencing family violence. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence, please phone 1800 015 188 to talk to a family violence support worker about safety planning, legal rights, information, referrals and accommodation options.

Please note
– LED candles will be available for purchase at the event. NO OPEN FLAMES are permitted at Federation Square.
– Cameras and news organisations may be in attendance at the Candlelight Vigil. If you do not want to be photographed, please let the attending media know when you arrive.


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