Mother of murdered woman to highlight violence

‘‘SAY NO,’’ says Donna Kupsch.

‘‘You don’t have to put up with anything like that. You deserve to be treated better – get out.’’

Mother of murdered woman Jessica Kupsch, Donna Kupsch, with her grandchildren Grace Holton, 10, Jack Holton, 13, Kacey Holton, 2, and Alex Holton, 11, during a fund-raiser. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Mother of murdered woman Jessica Kupsch, Donna Kupsch, with her grandchildren Grace Holton, 10, Jack Holton, 13, Kacey Holton, 2, and Alex Holton, 11, during a fund-raiser. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

The grandmother of four has channelled years of frustration and pent-up anger into raising awareness of domestic violence.

Her daughter, Jessica, was killed by her partner in 2012.

On Saturday, two years to the day that Jessica died, Mrs Kupsch has organised an event in honour of her daughter.

People are invited to wear white ribbons and take a stand against domestic violence at the Rocherlea Peace Gardens from 11am.

The occasion will be followed by a light lunch and entertainment from the Soul Singers.

Mrs Kupsch said the family would be grateful for donations to extend her Rocherlea home to help accommodate her fast-growing grandchildren.

Jessica’s eldest three children have lived with their nan for eight years.

Kacey, 2, moved in after his mother’s death.

Mrs Kupsch said the family was doing well but still suffered the consequences of domestic violence.

She said she lost mobility in her legs for several months last year – an issue doctors put down to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mrs Kupsch urged people to look out for each other and act upon their suspicions.

‘‘Neighbours must get involved by ringing the police – you hear screams, you hear yelling, you hear glass breaking, you call the police,’’ she said.

If you need information, support or counselling in relation to family violence call 1800608122 9am to midnight Monday-Friday or 4pm to midnight Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

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