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The Family Violence Memorial honours the lives of those lost and remembers the potential that those lives held. It is a space to stand in solidarity with victim-survivors and share in hope and healing. The Family Violence Memorial is defined by a field of purple flowers that bloom year-round – symbolic of the global movement to end family violence.

The Victorian government has unveiled a new memorial for victims and survivors of family violence in Melbourne’s St Andrews Place.

Designed by Muir and Openwork, the memorial eschews traditional notions of monuments and instead creates “landscaped rooms” where people can gather and reflect. The site is a triangular shaped patch of lawn adjacent to Melbourne’s parliamentary precinct, opposite the Fitzroy gardens.

The designers created a fold in the landscape of the sloping site to create essentially a landscaped platform. Thin black steel walls “define and hold the memorial” carving out spaces for “procession, congregation and reflection.”

A field of purple flowers surrounding the walls is designed to bloom all year round with several species blosoming at different times of the year. The colour is significant for its connection to the purple ribbon movement, which raises awareness for the prevention of domestic and family violence.

The designer consulted with victim survivor groups as well as Traditional Owners. A smoking vessel placed at the end of a pathway is etched with the words manifested from conversations with Traditional Owners: “Ngarru biik marrna Guliny dillbadin,” which means “lore of the land keeps people safe.”

Jennifer Jackson, chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council said, “We know that this memorial will mean different things to different people. It is a place to honour those who have lost their lives to family violence and all victim-survivors. It is a place to reflect, take comfort, and hope for a future free from violence. It is a place to remember that we all have a role to play in ending all forms of family violence and violence against women.”
ArchitectureAu, 8 April 2022. 


Address:St Andrews Place, Opposite Fitzroy Gardens , East Melbourne, 3002
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.812264
Long: 144.977544
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Designer:Muir and Openwork


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2022
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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