Province highlights supports and awareness for family violence prevention
Today, the Province of Prince Edward Island highlighted expanded partnerships and efforts to support safe and healthy families during COVID-19.
A Special Cabinet Committee on Family Violence Prevention has been established to ensure parents, children, and individuals at risk of family violence have the proper resources available during this difficult and uncertain time. The committee consists of ministers and staff of the departments of Justice and Public Safety, Social Development and Housing and the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat. Minister of Justice and Public Safety Bloyce Thompson chairs the committee.
“There is no doubt that the measures that governments and community are taking to protect the health and safety of Islanders are necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Minister Thompson. “However, the threat of violence remains present in our communities and anyone facing those situations needs to know that we are still here to help. If anyone needs support, reach out. Now, more than ever, is a time to come together and to look out for our Island family.”
Minister Thompson stated that COVID-19 specific resources for individuals and families have been developed to address topics such as co-parenting, how to support and answer questions from children and youth, and taking care of your mental health.
To help provide parents with techniques and strategies for handling parenting challenges, Minister of Social Development and Housing Ernie Hudson announced that the province has purchased 150 additional licenses for the Positive Parenting Program so more Islanders can access the program free of charge online.
The Positive Parenting Program, commonly known as Triple P, is one of the most effective, evidenced-based parenting programs in the world. The program is available in English and French and each online session ranges from 30-60 minutes.
Minister Hudson urged parents who need additional support to reach out to Child and Family Services. The primary goal of Child and Family Services is keeping children secure by offering support to parent and caregivers so that they can provide children with a safe, caring, healthy home.
“Staying apart doesn’t mean going it alone,” said Minister Hudson. “As Islanders, we are here to support one another; to lift up our neighbours and friends and ensure that no person feels unsafe, unvalued or unwanted. It is so very important that those who are in difficult situations know that they are not alone, that there is support available and that there are people who care about them and their well-being.”
Minister responsible for the Status of Women Natalie Jameson reminded Islanders experiencing domestic abuse or violence who need to flee their homes that support is available and thanked individuals who continue to provide essential services to keep families safe during this difficult time.
“While people need to stay at home as much as possible, we know that not every home is safe,” said Minister Jameson. “Sometimes women need to leave to protect themselves and their children. It is important to know that during these times that help is available. There are still services for people who are experiencing violence. You are not alone and you will not be alone.”
If you are in immediate danger, contact 9-1-1.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected by a parent or guardian, by law you need to report it. Call Child Protection Services at 1-877-341-3101 or after hours 1-800-341-6868.
To access emergency shelters, including for survivors of family violence, contact the emergency shelter support line at 1-833-220-4722.
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