A moving candlelight vigil has brought the City of Logan community together to acknowledge Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (DFVPM).
More than 120 people gathered at the Logan Entertainment Centre forecourt on Wednesday night for the event.
Speaking at the event, Mayor Darren Power said council was committed to creating a city that respects everyone’s right to be safe and well while also supporting the agencies working within the community to help those impacted by domestic violence.
As well as lighting candles, attendees also wrote inspirational messages to adorn a ‘Hope Tree’, which will be later planted.
Division 11 Councillor Natalie Willcocks also unveiled a bench seat at Spring Mountain Lagoon Park yesterday with Hadrian Obi, the brother of Stanley Obi who died after his house was set alight last year.
Mr Obi said he hadn’t seen his brother for seven years. They were about to reunite before Stanley’s death in March 2022.
“Violence doesn’t solve anything or help anyone,” Mr Obi said.
“I will bring Stanley’s children here to remind them he will not be forgotten.”
Cr Power said Council’s Administration Building in Logan Central and three water towers at Underwood, Shailer Park and Hillcrest are illuminated purple and orange throughout May to mark DFVPM.
“It is never acceptable to use any form of violence,” Cr Power said.
“We say ‘not now, not ever’ in the City of Logan.
“If you, or someone you know, is being impacted by domestic and family violence, I encourage you to report it to police or reach out to support services.”
For emergencies and life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000). Non-urgent domestic and family violence matters can be reported to Policelink any time on 131 444.
If making a phone call or visiting a police station isn’t a safe option, you can request contact with police online for non-urgent domestic and family violence at police.qld.gov.au/domestic-violence
Free and confidential support is also available by calling DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or visiting dvconnect.org