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2020

Together we can end Family Violence

This year, we encourage all men and boys to talk about and take a stand against Family Violence.

We hope that all of us will pledge to never commit,

condone or remain silent about Family Violence; and that

we will recognize, respond and refer people to supports.

Week 1

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Show your support,

Pick a colour/material,

Start a conversation...

Choose from:

White ribbon / Purple ribbon / Moose Hide


Pick up your choice at your local library, Queen Street Medical Building, or the TriLeisure Centre

Breakfast with the Boys

Thursday, November 5, 8-9AM

Join special guest speakers from RCMP, Men Edmonton and Moose Hide for a discussion of why Men and Boys should be at the table for the discussion of Family Violence, followed by a Q&A. Moderated by Constable Kandis Hiscock from Parkland RCMP.

Week 2

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Visualize the Impact

Check out the Visual displays raising awareness of Family Violence in our Community at your local library and randomly placed around our region.

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Thursday, November 12, 12-1PM

Join facilitator Melissa McLennan from

Safe Horizon to learn how to recognize,

respond and refer friends, family and coworkers

in need of supports for Family Violence.

Week 3

Week 4

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Thursday, November 19, 230-330 PM

Join us for a special community conversation on Domestic Violence prevention in our TriRegion. Special guest speaker from the Family Violence Prevention Team will provide insight into the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

 

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Thursday, November 26, Anytime!

In your own neighbourhood!

Safe Horizon, and community partners, are inviting you to take a friend or loved one for a walk around your community to talk about Family Violence.

COVID is once more stopping us from gathering as a group, but we can still support awareness of Family Violence prevention through smaller walks throughout our community.

“At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.”


― Christine Mason Miller

Family Violence can look different and affects us all.

Read below for some profiles of cases in our Region.

Victim: Female with Children

Offender: Male (boyfriend)

The offender has alcohol and drug addiction issues. Offender is off his medication. He attacked victim with weapon and then fled the scene. History of family violence.

Success: Safety planning was completed. Safety plan also involved victim’s community/neighbours.

Security upgrades were completed in the home and a GPS tracker for extra safety was provided to the victim. Victim was also supported with counselling.

 

Victim: Youth Female

Offender: Youth Male

Mom and youth report to police incident involving youth’s boyfriend damaging the youth’s phone during an incident. Youth also discloses that her boyfriend is jealous and wants to know her whereabouts at all times.

Charges of mischief and damage to property.

Success: Youth was educated on early signs and indicators of domestic/dating violence. Made referrals for counselling.

The offender was extremely remorseful and alternative measures were sought. The Youth agreed to take programming to better understand his behaviours and the damage he caused in the relationship. He was also educated on the impacts of Family and Dating Violence.

 

Victim: Male

Offender: Female (wife)

Assault charges

The victim suffers from Alzheimer’s and does not seem to know who wife is.

Prior to the ongoing health crisis (COVID19), the victim was engaged in programming.

There was no history of violence prior to this.

Success: Successfully advocated for programming both in home and out of the home. Charges were also withdrawn and the accused (wife) sought individual counselling.

 

Victim: Female

Offender: Male (common law)

Victim is highly vulnerable due to drug and alcohol addiction. She is in a relationship with a very abusive partner with a history of family violence both reported and unreported.

There were several attempts to intervene by finding shelter and a detox program, which she declined because of her addictions and fear of the accused. After multiple charges and Family Violence occurrences, the victim eventually asked for and accepted help.

Success: Victim was referred and accepted to a detox program away from her area. The Family Violence unit engaged with her family who supported the victim’s decision to seek help and offered her a place to stay afterwards while transitioning into independent living. Victim was connected further supports.

 

Victim: Female

Offender: Male (husband)

Assault charges. Conditions of no contact and area restrictions in place.

According to the couple, this was a first-time incident due to job loss and financial stressors contributed by the ongoing health crisis.

Couple wanted to reconcile because the restrictions made financial stressors worse.

Success: Safety planning completed. Recommendation to the Crown to remove the restrictions. The accused agreed to enter into a Peace Bond with conditions to attend Family Violence counselling and keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

 

This campaign is a partnership of:

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