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Hills Says No to Domestic Violence

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Every person killed in Australia as a result of domestic abuse will be remembered by name at a moving rose ceremony on Friday, November 25th as part of a Hills Says No to DV event.

This year’s event, organised by members of the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network, will be held at Castle Hill RSL and the theme is Moving Forward.

So far this year nearly 40 people have been killed in domestic abuse incidents. The number was 37 on October 10th as recorded by the national Counting Dead Women website.

Aileen Mountifield from the Lisa Harnum Foundation which runs interim housing for women at risk, is chairing the organising committee which includes Carol Harding from The Sanctuary–The Hills Women’s Shelter.

Aileen said: “I am really passionate about remembering these people not as a statistic but remembering them as individuals who have lost their lives.

“The rose ceremony is an expression of remembrance, love and respect for those who have died. I always hope when people attend an event like this that they realise that there is domestic violence in their community. It is no respecter of post codes.

“A few years ago the community was shocked when members of the Edwards family in West Pennant Hills died. The father killed his own teenaged children and his ex- wife took her life six months later.”

She said it is important that people look out for each other, neighbours, family, friends and colleagues.

“Be aware of the signs: People who have become withdrawn, people who appear stressed, people who are taking time off, people who are receiving lots of calls during the day from their partner during work or text messages.

“These might be signs that something is going on. Be aware of those signs and ask,” she said. “We have to stop the violence.”

Convenor of the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network Uma Menon said: “The Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network (HDVPN) has been working towards raising awareness and reducing the incidence of DV in the Hills for over 30 years.

“ To contact the network email: Aileen Mountifield, Carol Harding and Uma Menon, [email protected]

what: HILLS SAYS NO TO DV
when: Friday 25 November, 9.30am for a 10am start.
where: Castle Hill RSL.
cost: Free but ticket numbers are limited bookings a must.
book: Eventbrite at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hills-says-no-to-domesticviolence-2022-registration-
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