Family Violence Prevention Week activities taking place across the Island February 9-15
All Islanders are invited to participate in Family Violence Prevention Week to raise awareness and learn more about how to help prevent family violence.
This year’s theme is Supporting Survivors. Being open, listening and speaking without judgment, and knowing how to respond can have a huge positive impact on survivors of family violence.
Communities across the Island will mark the week by holding Walks in Silence, information presentations and family activities to raise awareness of family violence. The events kick off with a reception at Rodd Charlottetown Hotel on February 10 from 4-6 pm.
“This year’s theme will help all of us to better understand how the community can respond when we know someone has experienced family violence,” said Danya O’Malley, executive director of PEI Family Violence Prevention Services. “Being supportive is key to helping survivors move forward.”
“One of the great things about living on the Island is that we care about our neighbours and supporting survivors is something we can all do. We may not be experiencing violence ourselves, but there are many things that we can do to help others who are.”
- Premier Dennis King
Throughout Family Violence Prevention Week, Islanders can follow and share daily images and messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention was established in 1995 to provide education and awareness about family violence prevention and its mandate was recently renewed for 2019-2024.
Whether we are a neighbour, co-worker, friend or family member of someone experiencing violence, we all have a role to play in ending family violence.
Businesses have a role to play as well. New resources have been created to help businesses respond to family violence that happens in a workplace setting. A new leave was introduced in November 2019 allowing employees to take up to three days paid, and seven days unpaid for issues related to domestic violence.
Wednesday, February 12 is Wear Purple Day in Prince Edward Island. Islanders are encouraged to wear purple:
- To raise awareness of Family Violence Prevention Week
- To remember victims of violence and their families
- To show that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.
Still not sure how to respond? There are professionals that can help.
- PEI Family Violence Prevention Services: 1-800-240-9894
- Victim Services: 902-368-4582 (Charlottetown) 902-888-8218 (Summerside)
- PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre: 1-888-368-8055
- Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter- 1-855-297-2332