Standing up for Canberra

Domestic and Family Violence

Last month I had the privilege of attending the Fearless Comedy Gala. It was organised by Juliet Moody to unite some of Australia's funniest people to help address one of our most serious problems.

On an average day here in Canberra, eight family violence incidents will be reported to police. We do not know how many will go unreported. What we do know is that there are far too many families living under the shadow of family violence—and all the fears that come with it. Juliet knows what it feels like to live in fear. She also knows what it feels like to live without it, and she is doing everything she can to help others feel the same. She is an inspiring woman.

The Fearless Comedy Gala raised tens of thousands of dollars—$30,000 in fact—for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, which provides support and advice for Canberra families fleeing dangerous or even life-threatening situations in the ACT. People's lives will be changed thanks to Juliet and those who helped put on this fantastic event. Thank you to all involved for a great night in support of a great cause, particularly the fabulous Sparrow-Folk girls, who are here today in the gallery, and Lark and Fox, better known as Juliet and Cathy. Hats off to you all, and thank you so much for the work you have done for Canberra.

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