Taking steps to end domestic and family violence through Darkness to Daylight 2022

Officially launching the 2022 Darkness to Daylight event at Parliament House.
From left: Vanessa Fowler, Co-Chair, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council; Jonty Bush MP, Member for Cooper; Jacque Lachmund. Chief Executive Officer, Challenge DV; and Robert Reed OAM, Founder, Darkness to Daylight

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council for Darkness to Daylight 2022.  

Now in its ninth year, the month-long Darkness to Daylight event raises awareness and funds for domestic and family violence (DFV) prevention, with each kilometre symbolising a life lost through DFV in Australia in the year the event launched.   

For the first time, the iconic Queensland Parliament House will be the official start and finish line venue for the final part of the event on 31 May 2022. Parliament House proudly hosted the event

This year, the Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council is partnering with Darkness to Daylight to encourage families to join the 3km walk and have conversations about the importance of healthy and respectful relationships. 

Jacque Lachmund, Challenge DV’s Chief Executive Officer and survivor, said: “We are thrilled to work closely with the Queensland Government and the community to bring the issue of DFV out of the darkness and into the daylight. 

“This year alone, in Australia, 17 women have lost their lives to domestic and family violence – and it impacts more than 3.6 million Australians every year. 

“It’s a tragic reminder that we must do more to end this crisis in our communities. Join us this May as we come together to raise awareness and funds through Darkness to Daylight.”  

Founder of Darkness to Daylight Robert Reed OAM, who is also a Special Counsel at global law firm MinterEllison, created the event in 2014 with the purpose of starting a conversation, uniting the community, and fostering a spiritual connection by running with a message of hope. 

“Every year, with every step we run, we acknowledge and honour those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence,” he said.  

“When we run, a candle lights the way letting people experiencing DFV know they are not alone, that our community cares, that we can all make a difference, and that we will not stop until the violence stops,” Mr Reed said.  

“Join the movement with us and register today – bring a team together or come on your own. I look forward to seeing you on the starting line as we come together to end domestic and family violence once and for all.”  

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey praised the work of Challenge DV in raising awareness for the cause. 

“It’s shocking to know that on average 110 people lose their lives to domestic and family violence a year so I’m proud to support Darkness to Daylight in their work to end this crisis,” Mr Bailey said. 

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ending domestic and family violence and it’s organisations like Challenge DV who are helping to make that a reality. 

“I’ll be cheering on the Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail teams, and encourage all those who haven’t registered yet to jump online and do so.” 

Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said Challenge DV do incredible work educating industry and communities about DFV. 

“Every Queenslander has a role to play in preventing domestic and family violence,” Minister Fentiman said. 

“During the pandemic one in 10 women in a relationship experienced violence with two thirds saying that the violence started or got worse. 

“That’s why it’s so important that we as a community continue to raise awareness of all forms of domestic violence, and I would like to thank Challenge DV for the work they do.” 

This year, Darkness to Daylight will continue as a blended format. Participants will complete 100km throughout May and all participants and the wider community will be invited to complete the final 10km – or 3km – on 31 May 2022 at a live event proudly hosted by the Queensland Parliament.   

To register for Darkness to Daylight 2022, visit https://www.darknesstodaylight.org/. Registrations will be open until 22 May 2022.