NO MORE VIOLENCE: Students and community groups march through the streets of Cherbourg to raise awareness of domestic violence on Wednesday May 22.
NO MORE VIOLENCE: Students and community groups march through the streets of Cherbourg to raise awareness of domestic violence on Wednesday May 22. Graham House

Students and community join the march against DV

"NO MORE violence."

Students and community members marched through the streets of Cherbourg with this message on Wednesday morning.

Graham House Community Centre development worker Iris Ferguson said the domestic violence awareness march was well attended, with around 200 people marching.

"It was amazing listening to the children yelling out 'no more violence'," she said.

 

NO MORE VIOLENCE: Students and community groups march through the streets of Cherbourg to raise awareness of domestic violence on Wednesday May 22.
NO MORE VIOLENCE: Students and community groups march through the streets of Cherbourg to raise awareness of domestic violence on Wednesday May 22. Graham House

Students from Cherbourg State School, Murgon State School, Murgon State High School and service providers marched from Cherbourg school and through the streets of the community.

"It was very powerful, they were so excited to be walking around and putting that message out there," Ms Ferguson said.

The marchers, including four from Graham House, then returned to the school to watch the students let go of purple balloons in honour of domestic violence victims.

"It's very important we hold these events in our community to put that message out there and make people think twice before they raise their voice or lift their hands," she said.

 

NO MORE VIOLENCE: Students and community groups release balloons in Cherbourg to raise awareness of domestic violence on Wednesday May 22.
NO MORE VIOLENCE: Students and community groups release balloons in Cherbourg to raise awareness of domestic violence on Wednesday May 22. Graham House

The march was one of many events this May for Domestic Violence Awareness month, including a moving candlelight ceremony in Cherbourg where they lit candles for those who had passed away from domestic violence.

Ms Ferguson hopes events like these will bring a greater awareness of the signs of domestic violence.

"We have to stop that cycle of being violent and learning to respect each other, that's where it should start, to be respectful of yourself and others," she said.

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