Townsville City Council is raising awareness of domestic and family violence in the month of May by turning landmarks across Townsville purple.

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month runs for the month of May and is a chance for the whole community to learn more about the prevalence of domestic violence in our own backyard.

Council has turned the Strand Fountain purple, and will light up landmarks like the Townsville sign, Victoria Bridge and the Wharton Reef Lighthouse in support of the cause.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said turning landmarks purple across Townsville was just one step towards shining a light on the insidious issue of domestic and family violence.

“Domestic and family violence is not an isolated issue. It happens in our community, in all different types of homes, and it is up to all of us to put a stop to it,” Cr Greaney said.

“The more that we condemn domestic and family violence as a community, the more chance we have of not only reaching victims but also letting perpetrators know that their actions are hurting loved ones and needs to stop.

“Lighting our city’s landmarks in purple is one way to remind everyone who sees purple that domestic and family violence shouldn’t happen. Not now, not ever.

“Remember that you are not alone. If you need help, contact DVConnect on 1800 811 811, Lifeline on 13 11 14, 1800 RESPECT, North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service or The Salvation Army.”

Along with the Strand Fountain, Council is lighting up the Townsville sign, Victoria Bridge, Wharton Reef Lighthouse, George Roberts Bridge, Old Magistrates Court House and Little Fletcher Bridge from today until this Sunday.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

In emergencies call Queensland Police on triple-0.