Heather Ellis with one of the stars that will feature at Riverlink Shopping Centre.
Heather Ellis with one of the stars that will feature at Riverlink Shopping Centre. Rob Williams

Ipswich to mark domestic violence awareness month

AN INSTALLION measuring three metres high will spring up in Riverlink Shopping Centre from Monday as part of a month-long program addressing domestic violence.

The massive piece of artwork will actually be made of thousands of handmade coloured stars.

Ipswich's Domestic Violence Action Centre has been collecting the stars from community groups, schools and Probation and Parole offices for months.

DVAC community development officer Heather Ellis said more than 15,000 stars had been collected, though the installation would likely only hold about 8000.

She said all the stars, many of which were made for a hanging installation last year, will then join together with other stars across the country for a mass installation at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

They are all part of a nationwide movement known as One Million Stars, founded in Melbourne after the murder of Jill Meagher.

The installation is one of eight activities being held for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Ipswich this year, including the annual Walk of Remembrance.

The walk on May 4 includes a candlelight vigil afterwards in honour of those who have been killed because of domestic violence.

It will be especially poignant this year after the deaths of seven woman so far in Queensland, including a woman in Rosewood, due to domestic violence.

The walk will begin from 5pm with a sausage sizzle before the march itself at 5.30pm and the vigil at 6pm.

Events during Domestic and Family Violence Awareness month:

May 4: Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence.

May 11: Film and Pizza Night at Ipswich Library. Ipswich filmmakers have created four short films that show the tactics of domestic violence.

May 14: Afternoon of Indulgence before the Ipswich Jets main game. Tickets $45 and proceeds go to DVAC. RSVP May 7.

May 15: Ride For Awareness. Motorcyclists will ride from across south-east Queensland and meet at Brothers Leagues Club. The club will host a free community event.

May 26: Screening of the film Call Me Dad. The event is free but limited tickets are available. Email info@dvac.org.au

May 26: Luncheon at Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton. $15 per person. RSVP by May 19.

May 31: DV training for professionals. Bookings essential.

Email info@dvac.org.au for more information on each event.