Family Violence Prevention Week takes place February 14-20

Premier Dennis King and Danya O’Malley, newly appointed chair of the Premier’s Action Committee (PAC) on Family Violence.

All Islanders are invited to participate in Family Violence Prevention Week February 14-20 to raise awareness and learn more about how to help prevent family violence. 

This year’s theme is Connecting Differently. Staying connected with family, friends and neighbours has been challenging over the past year. Islanders have learned to adapt and connect in different ways. Staying connected to loved ones is important for survivors of family violence and can be used as a tool for prevention.

“The last year has not only taught us that staying connected is important but also different ways in doing so. Family violence affects each and every Islander in some way. Let’s continue to come together as a community and learn more about what we can do to support one another and help put an end to family violence.”

- Premier Dennis King

Communities and organizations across the Island will hold virtual events including panel discussions, information sessions and workshops, including a special workshop on finding connection during COVID-19. On Wednesday, February 17, Islanders across the province are asked to wear purple to remember victims of violence and their families. 

Even in a year where we must do everything differently, we are able to learn more and do more to raise awareness of this important issue, says Danya O’Malley, executive director of Family Violence Prevention Services and chair of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence. “Preventing family violence is everyone’s responsibility.”

The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence was established in 1995 to provide education and awareness about family violence prevention and its mandate was recently renewed for 2019-2024.

For a full schedule of events for the week, visit:  Family Violence Prevention Week 2021.

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