This Friday the voices of domestic violence victims will resonate throughout the Hunter as local support groups and services gather for the annual Reclaim the Night event.
Traditionally, Reclaim the Night is a march that empowers women to reclaim the streets and make their voices heard. However, this year, the Lake Macquarie event at Warners Bay foreshore will take on a more static format, featuring live entertainment, face painting, and access to vital support services.
Several essential support services will be present including NOVA for Women, East Lakes Family Support Services, CALM, Got Ya Back Sista, What Was She Wearing Australia, Hearts and Hands Community Development, and Community Corrections.
“Crime statistics show that almost one in five Australian women have experienced domestic violence,” Lake Macquarie City Council Coordinator Social and Community Planning, Jess Salvador said.
“That’s completely unacceptable, and we need to do everything we can to bring that number down. We also need to ensure the support services are there for when the worst happens.”
The Lake Macquarie Reclaim the Night event is happening on Friday 27 October at Warners Bay Foreshore from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. For more information, visit lakemac.nsw.gov.au.