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Phoebe Deas  News Maker

ACT Minister for Women says government needs to do more on domestic violence

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Around 100 Canberrans braved the cold last night at a candlelight vigil to remember those whose lives have been lost at the hands of domestic violence. 
 
The sound of bagpipes playing Amazing Grace resonated over a crowd of bobbing tea light candles held by women, men and children whose lives have been grazed by domestic violence.   
 
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Canberrans braved the cold in the pitch black to remember the lives that have been lost because of domestic violence.  
 
A poem depicting the plight of a woman suffering from domestic violence was read to a shivering crowd and a table lined with little tea lights representing all those who've experienced domestic violence flickered on the stage as the vigil got underway.
 
ACT Minister for Women Yvette Berry took to the microphone and emotionally told the crowd how stories of domestic violence have affected her.
 
"For the first time, it feels like our community if seeing the experiences, of these people, these candles represent."
 
"As Minister for Women I know that there is more the government needs to do."
 
"The ACT Government is working to improve our response to violence across the spectrum from prevention through to crisis servcies, and onto the supports for women who need them to begin their new lives."
 
"When I'm talking to family and friends and I hear about its importance to our community, when they contact my office, it feels like for the first time, it feels like our community is seeing the experiences of these people."
 
"Responding like we should, with anger, and then with action."
 
Di Lucas from the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service explained the importance of the candles that night. 
 
"We have three candles here. One for the women who have lost their lives. One for the men who have lost their lives, and one for the children who have lost their lives."
 
On average, two women lose their lives to domestic violence every week. 
 
 
 
 
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