VM FAMILY Law Principal Katherine Manby said her Brookwater rm had helped about 400 people with domestic violence in the past two years.
She’s hosting Springeld’s rst candle lighting ceremony at Robelle Domain on May 2 to help spread DV awareness.
“Our community isn’t immune to DV,” Ms Manby said.
May 2 is 2018’s National Day to Remember those who have lost their lives to family and domestic violence.
“It’s a huge issue. The last gures from Ipswich Magistrates Court put Ipswich as the third highest court for the number of DV applications.
“There’s a huge number going through.
“I’ve been open for two years in July and probably assisted 350 to 400 people with legal assistance for DV.”
Ms Manby who has worked with DV victims in Brisbane, Ipswich and now Springeld, said what people were going though in Greater Springeld was a “dierent type of domestic violence”.
“It’s more nancial or emotional abuse,” she said.
Through her law practice she often gets clients coming in that don’t realise they have been subjected to domestic violence until they tell their story.
Ms Manby said people need to realise what DV is and that its not just being hit.
The ceremony will include a welcome and short talk about how DV aects the community.
Ms Manby is hoping to nd someone who has lost someone to DV to do a reading then the candles will be lit followed by one minute of silence.
Anyone is welcome to attend the candle lighting ceremony on May 2 from 5.30pm at The Circle in Robelle Domain.
If you need help for DV matters you can contact VM Family Law on 1300 863 264 or the Domestic Violence Action Centre on 3816 3000.