Last night I was the official event photographer for what was a sombre and reflective candle ceremony domestic violence crisis services of the ACT.

This ceremony was to remember the lives lost to domestic violence to which 64 women, 11 men and two children were linked to family violence in the ACT since 1998.

While the night was quite chilly and cold it attracted hundreds of Canberrans that have either been affected directly or indirectly. It was really nice to see him very touching and with the ACT Women’s Minister Yvette Berry on hand to do a speech it was good to see political backing for what is a very serious subject.

ACT firefighters showing their solidarity and support

ACT firefighters showing their solidarity and support

 

Some of the people that attended looking on at the candles situated on stage 88

Some of the people that attended looking on at the candles situated on stage 88

 

The speakers for the night which included ACT Women's Minister Yvette Berry

The speakers for the night which included ACT Women’s Minister Yvette Berry

 

The lighting of the main candles by ACT Women's Minister Yvette Berry

The lighting of the main candles by ACT Women’s Minister Yvette Berry

 

One of the speakers addressing the audience

One of the speakers addressing the audience

 

One of the speakers addressing the audience

One of the speakers addressing the audience

 

One of the speakers addressing the audience

One of the speakers addressing the audience

 

ACT Women's Minister Yvette Berry giving a speech

ACT Women’s Minister Yvette Berry giving a speech

 

ACT Women's Minister Yvette Berry giving a speech

ACT Women’s Minister Yvette Berry giving a speech

 

Reading a poem

Reading a poem

ACT police there to support an important cause

ACT police there to support an important cause

 

The different colours of the candles represent the different lives that have been lost

The different colours of the candles represent the different lives that have been lost

 

One of the many males that attended such an important event

One of the many males that attended such an important event

 

Sombre crowd looking on as the speakers address the audience

Sombre crowd looking on as the speakers address the audience

 

The bagpiper with the speakers standing for a minute's silence

The bagpiper with the speakers standing for a minute’s silence

ACT police bagpiper

ACT police bagpiper

 

The main candles

The main candles

 

The main candles

The main candles

 

One of the attendees capturing the main candles at the end of the ceremony

One of the attendees capturing the main candles at the end of the ceremony