Today is just like any other day for Susie Smith.

Women and children at risk in violent homes, those who have died, and the many suffering in isolation on remote rural properties will be at the forefront of her mind.

But tonight, the wider community will be encouraged to think about the horrific toll of domestic and Aboriginal family violence too, as candlelit vigils are held across the state.

Manager of Centacare’s Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service, Susie (pictured) says the vigils are a poignant reminder that the safety of women and children is a state-wide priority.


“I think of all the women that have died in our communities and all the families that have been torn apart through gendered violence,” she says.

“I think about the women who are at risk of death on a daily basis, and the women we don’t see who are living in isolated communities, who aren’t recognised and aren’t being responded to, for whatever reason.”

Power to End Violence Against Women program ambassador Hamish Hartlett will join Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas at tonight’s Adelaide vigil at The Rotunda, Elder Park, from 5.30pm.

A joint partnership between Port Adelaide Football Club and Centacare, the PEVAW program has engaged more than 300 students this year.

Vigil details:

City – The Rotunda, Elder Park, King William Rd, Adelaide 5:30pm-6:30pm. Coordinated by the Domestic Violence Coalition of SA.

Mount Gambier – Cave Gardens, Bay Rd, Mount Gambier 5.30pm-6.30pm. Coordinated by Soroptomist International Mount Gambier and Limestone Coast Family Violence Action Group

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