Family violence is everyone’s concern
Family Violence Prevention Week is a reminder that violence and abuse are never acceptable in any relationship.
Communities across Prince Edward Island are marking the week - February 12 to 18 - by holding walks of silence, information presentations, and family activities to help raise awareness of family violence. For a complete schedule – including February 15’s Wear Purple Day, which encourages Islanders to wear purple and share their photos on social media – visit Stop Family Violence 2017.
“This year’s theme focuses on actions we can take to help prevent family violence, including speaking out when we see or suspect abuse is occurring,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan said. “Whether we are a neighbour, friend, co-worker or family member of someone experiencing violence, we can make a difference in the future by taking action today.”
Ways to support someone in an abusive or violent relationship include:
• looking for “red flags” that may indicate someone is being abused, such as a partner constantly checking up on them or trying keep them away from family and friends;
• speaking to the person privately and letting them know you are willing to listen and help if you are worried about them;
• providing the person with information on community resources and encouraging them to seek protection; and
• if you think someone you know is in danger, call 9-1-1.
“It is important to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship beyond seeing signs of physical violence,” Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy said. “If you know or suspect someone is being abused, reach out and tell them that there is help available and that they are not alone.”
“We all have a role to play in ending family violence, ” said Ann Sherman, chair of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention. “Even if we are not experiencing violence ourselves, there are actions we as bystanders can take that could help save a life.”
Department of Family and Human Services