Townsville lights up purple for domestic violence awareness

Date published: 11 May 2020

Landmarks across Townsville are turning purple in support of domestic violence victims for the month of May.

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, reminding us all about the often silent plight of those suffering at the hands of their partner or family member.

Townsville City Council Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson, Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney, said it was important to support people experiencing domestic and family violence now more than ever before.

“COVID-19 has changed all of our lives, but it has a particularly hard toll on people suffering from domestic and family violence as they have been forced to quarantine at home in what may not be a safe environment,” Cr Greaney said.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for these people. We want to show anyone suffering at the hands of their family members or partners that we are here and that there is a way forward.

“From today until the end of May everyone who sees purple across the city can know that this is our way of sending the message that domestic and family violence shouldn’t happen. Not now, not ever.”

Cr Greaney said some of Townsville’s most recognisable buildings and locations would be turning purple to draw attention to the cause.

“Councillor Russ Cook has been a strong advocate for domestic and family violence awareness in our community, and has worked to make Council’s support more visible,” she said.

“To do this, we are lighting the Old Magistrates Court, Victoria Bridge, the Palmer Street light house and the Townsville sign purple in support of people experiencing domestic violence.”

Cr Greaney said it was important for people to remember that there is always hope.

“Help is still available. Resources like Lifeline, 1800RESPECT and The Salvation Army can be contacted by phone call, text, or over the internet. You are not alone,” she said.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

In life-threatening emergencies call Queensland Police on triple-0.