Starring role in Games project

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The Gore Women’s Refuge and its helpers have woven 1568 stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence project and are well on the way to reaching the target of 2000.

A workshop aimed at hitting the target is scheduled for June 7 at the Salvation Army Gore Corps, starting at 10.30am.

The One Million Stars to End Violence project was created by artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau, of Australia.

The public have been invited to help weave a million stars by July 2017, which will be sent to the Gold Coast to go into creating an installation to be displayed at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The stars need to be bundled and in the Gold Coast in July,” Miss Bain said.

Creating awareness in the community of the service and what it provided and getting the message across that domestic violence was not acceptable was paramount for Women’s Refuge, she said.

“We’ve certainly been working hard to heighten our profile,” she said.

There was an increasing demand for the refuge’s services, she said.

The service helped women, children and men.

In some cases women decided to stay in a relationship and the refuge helped the family work through issues and create a safe and positive environment, she said.

“We work with people if they want to stay or not.”

The fact family violence had been a taboo subject for so long meant it took time to break down barriers.

The Gore refuge had had an extremely busy start to the year, Miss Bain said.

It had already recorded 216 overnight stays at its safe house.

“It has been full.”

Only 18% of family violence incidents were reported, according to national police figures, she said.

Two hundred incidents of domestic violence were reported nationally each day, she said.