Ecumenical service to remember victims and survivors of family and domestic violence, 29th November
Many workers in social service organisations actively respond to domestic and family violence and see the tragic consequences day in, day out. Some of us only read about it in the papers, or are friends with people who work in the space.
Domestic and family violence broadly covers a wide range of abuse — some of which are extremely common. Solidarity and quiet consideration or prayer for victim survivors and those who have lost their lives can help us consider our own relationship to prevention and response to abuse in our own contexts, either directly or as a part of a broader culture and society.
On Sunday 29th November, there will be a gathering across Christian denominations to remember, name, and pray for the 2020 victims and survivors of family domestic violence (38 deaths this year have been reported). The service, Holding the Light, is one of a number of awareness-raising events held during the annual UN Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, from 25th November to 10th December 2020. It will take place at 2:30pm at St Peter's Eastern Hill, 15 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne.
ACRATH, one of CSSV’s member organisation has faithfully assisted in organising this service over a number of years, and again are helping put it on this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the numbers allowed to gather in person may be restricted, so please register your interest with TryBooking. Pehaps you might like to join with others in a time of quiet contemplation and remembrance.
The service will be live-streamed and recorded on the St Peter's Facebook Page and St Peter's YouTube channel, if you'd like to join in this way.
Rsvp and find more details here: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=669557&
We hope you are able to join with us.