Wednesday 2nd May 2018
National Day of Remembrance 

SafeNET Australia is holding candlelight vigils across the country to pay tribute
to the women and children who have lost their lives due to family violence.


There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women and children is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The purpose of the Family and Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigils are to bring the community together in each state and territory to remember the women and children who have lost their lives as a result of family violence. It is also a call to action for individuals to speak out against family violence, and for those experiencing it to seek support. Family violence, which includes domestic violence, abuse and intimate partner violence, affects the entire Australian community.


Candlelight vigils have been held throughout Australia by various domestic violence services at different times over the past 20 years, in remembrance of those who have died as a result of family violence.

In 2004, the 15 services of the Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN) began holding simultaneous vigils on the first Wednesday of May every year to mark the beginning of the official Domestic Violence Prevention Month and to light up the state in remembrance. Police and other local community services are an integral part of these ceremonies.

In 2009, the vigils took their first step to becoming a national event with Tasmania’s Family Violence Counselling and Support Service hosting a vigil in Hobart.

In 2010, Domestic and Family Violence Helplines and Services (Government and Non Government) in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory along with the NSW Domestic Violence Coalition joined Queensland and Tasmania to host vigils in their respective states and territories on the same evening.

2018 Candlelight Vigils

VIC – 5.45pm, 2nd May 2018 | Federation Square, Melbourne
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dv connectQLD – 5.30pm, 2nd May 2018 | Kangaroo Point Cliffs (Open air amphitheatre), Brisbane
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10842029_1544705379138244_3733895826021625470_o ACT – 5.45pm, 2nd May 2018 | Ainslie Place, Canberra City (next to Banana Leaf and The Canberra Centre)
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NSW – 11am-12pm, 2nd May 2018 | Parliament House, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney
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WA – 2nd May 2018 | TBC




saSA – 5.30pm, 2nd May 2018 | the Rotunda in Elder Park, King William Rd, Adelaide

TAS – 2nd May 2018 | 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start| Mt Gnomon Room, Pier One, 7 Dysons Lane, Ulverstone




NT – 2nd May 2018 | 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start| Parliament House Forecourt, Darwin


  • Australian women are most likely to experience physical and sexual violence in their home, at the hands of a former or current male partner.
  • 15% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from an ex-partner (the most likely type of known perpetrator for a female victim).
  • For 62% of the women who have experienced physical assault by a male perpetrator, the most recent incident was in their home.
  • In 2016, a woman in Australia was killed by a current or former male partner nearly every week.

what is SafeNET?

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SafeNET is a network of state-wide domestic and family violence crisis services across Australia.

Its aim is to increase the efficiency and validity of services provided to all Australian women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

The network is uniquely placed to have a comprehensive overview of the needs of women and children who require crisis services in each state and territory. Through sharing critical information, and identify emerging concerns and opportunities, SafeNet intends to enhance specialist responses and drive reforms to strengthen the service systems available to women and children.



Media / Contact

For all media enquiries please contact:

Kristine Robertson,
Manager Marketing, Fundraising & Communications,
safe steps Family Violence Response Centre
on 0488 069 802 or email:

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