National Family Violence Summit wraps up

The Tara Costigan Foundation held the first National Family Violence Summit in March and it was a fantastic success, bringing together front-line workers, DV survivors, political leaders and experts.

The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader addressed the Summit, which also featured discussions about media involvement, warning signs, root causes and legal perspectives on family violence. During the Prime Minister’s speech, he said that Tara's death and story was a reminder of the reality of those caught in the scourge of domestic violence.

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A message from our Chair, Michael Hardy

What the Tara Costigan Foundation has been able to achieve in such a short timeframe is quite extraordinary and it is thanks to the goodwill of our supporters, big and small.

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Register for Tara's Walk for Change

Last year, Tara Costigan's death evoked an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy and sadness from the people of Canberra and the surrounding region. 

Hoping to have around 100 members come together for the 5km ‘Walk for Tara’, all expectations were exceeded when 5,500 people from all walks of life joined together to demand real change on Family Violence. At the Walk’s conclusion Tara’s family and friends announced the establishment of the Tara Costigan Foundation.

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Dr Ann O'Neil announced as a keynote speaker

We are proud to announce Dr Ann O'Neil as a keynote speaker at the National Family Violence Summit.

In 1994, Ann's estranged husband broke into the home she shared with her two young children, shooting her and killing the children, before turning the gun on himself. Rather than let her life slip away, she has turned her tragedy into a calling, speaking at hundreds of events, raising awareness of Domestic Violence.

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