Bells toll for women and children killed through family violence
The bell tolled 63 times at St Peter’s Eastern Hill on Sunday afternoon of 2 December. Each toll marked the death of a woman by someone she knew. The count was 54 in 2017.
Each year in December, an ecumenical service, Holding the Light, is held in remembrance of the women and children killed due to family violence. It is hosted by St Peter’s Eastern Hill, East Melbourne, in partnership with Think Prevent
: A Bystander Intervention Program and is a faith-based contribution to the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
Representatives of faith-based groups who are running prevention programs were present on the day including a number from Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in People (ACRATH
) and Tanya Mathias, Community and School Engagement of McAuley Community Services for Women. Those who have lost loved ones and who are survivors of family violence were also in attendance.
For more information, see www.thinkprevent.org
View a short video of the tolling bells at St Peter’s Eastern Hill, here
Mark Brolly of The Melbourne Anglican
has also written a story, here