City of Logan says ‘no’ to domestic and family violence

domestic and family violence

The City of Logan Unites in a Moving Candlelight

The City of Logan community came together in a poignant candlelight vigil to observe Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (DFVPM). Over 120 people gathered at the Logan Entertainment Centre forecourt last night, creating a powerful atmosphere of unity and support for those affected by domestic violence.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Darren Power expressed the Council’s unwavering commitment to establishing a city that respects the safety and well-being of all its residents. He emphasized the importance of supporting agencies working tirelessly within the community to aid those impacted by domestic violence, providing a beacon of hope and empowerment for survivors.

As part of the vigil, attendees lit candles and inscribed heartfelt messages on a ‘Hope Tree,’ symbolizing unity and solidarity in the fight against domestic violence. The tree will serve as a lasting tribute to the collective determination of the community to create a safer future.

Remembering a Tragic Domestic Violence Incident

Division 11 Councillor Natalie Willcocks unveiled a solemn memorial bench at Spring Mountain Lagoon Park in memory of Stanley Obi. Stanley lost his life tragically last year when his house was set on fire during a domestic violence incident. The bench stands as a reminder of the devastating impact of domestic violence on individuals and families.

At the bench unveiling, Hadrian Obi, Stanley’s brother, emotionally expressed the pain of losing his sibling. Hadrian had not seen Stanley for seven years before his untimely death in March 2022. In a powerful plea, he condemned violence, stating that it never solves anything and urged others to remember Stanley’s legacy and the importance of non-violence.

Throughout May, the City of Logan is demonstrating its support for DFVPM by illuminating significant landmarks. Council’s Administration Building in Logan Central and three water towers at Underwood, Shailer Park, and Hillcrest shine brightly in purple and orange as symbols of solidarity and hope for survivors of domestic violence.

Taking a Stand Against Domestic and Family Violence

Mayor Darren Power reaffirmed the city’s strong stance against all forms of violence. He emphasized the collective resolve to say ‘not now, not ever’ to domestic and family violence in the City of Logan. Such violence has no place in the community, and every effort will be made to foster a safe and nurturing environment for all residents.

Support and Reporting Options: Encouraging Action Against Domestic Violence

Mayor Power encouraged anyone affected by domestic and family violence to take action and seek help. Reporting incidents to the police and utilizing support services are crucial steps toward addressing and preventing domestic violence. For emergencies and life-threatening situations, individuals should call Triple Zero (000). Non-urgent matters can be reported to Policelink at 131 444. Additionally, Queensland Police – Domestic Violence provides online options for requesting contact with the police in non-urgent cases. DVConnect offers free and confidential support and can be reached at 1800 811 811 or through their website, providing essential resources for those seeking assistance.