Vicki Blackburn and Dr Anne Butcher
Vicki Blackburn and Dr Anne Butcher Madura McCormack

Vicki Blackburn to speak at DV awareness event

VICKI Blackburn was impacted by domestic violence when she was still in her mother's womb.

Ms Blackburn, whose daughter Shandee was murdered on Boddington St in 2013, is pushing the community to broach the conversation, and remember that children are impacted more than parents think.

"A lot of people don't know that domestic violence has been a part of my life since before I was born," she said.

"My mother was pregnant with me when she was assaulted the first time.

"What I went through growing up, I told my kids but not enough.

"It was done, I was in control, and I didn't want to turn them against their grandfather. I don't think I gave them the facts and I think it's important for parents to have those conversations."

Ms Blackburn will tell her story as part of the Mackay Women's Centre domestic violence awareness month event at Queens Park on Saturday May 25.

"It's impacted our family enough that we will never recover," she said.

"...Everybody thinks you can change them you know, it's not that serious until it's too late."

Mackay Women's Centre manager Dr Anne Butcher said contrary to what parents may think, children are impacted by DV.

"They hear it, they sense it, when things aren't right in the house, and they pick up on all the subtleties," she said.

"The demands for those kinds of support and counselling services are so high we've closed our books to external referrals."

The family fun day at Queens Park runs from 10am to 2pm, with speeches from Ms Blackburn and Mayor Greg Williamson, performances by renowned musician Brad Butcher and the Choir of Unheard Voices, children activities and information booths.



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