Family V. Prevention Month

November is Family Violence Prevention Month 

Premier Brian Gallant signed a declaration marking November as Family Violence Prevention Month in New Brunswick. Family violence is a serious societal issue that does not discriminate; it affects our children, friends, and colleagues and is often experienced behind closed doors. From left: Rebecca Francis Fergusson Foundation, Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers, Gallant, Noreen Bonnell, President Fergusson Foundation, and Tim McCluskey, Vice President Fergusson Foundation 

“We must all work together to end violence against women,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “While we collectively work to stop violence against women, our government will continue to work with community partners such as the Fergusson Foundation to support those who are affected by family violence.”

Fergusson Foundation President, Noreen Bonnell, acknowledged, “Family Violence remains a serious societal issue in New Brunswick, in our country, and in the world. This declaration by Premier Brian Gallant, emphasizes the importance of education, awareness, and action in the cause of eliminating family violence, and aligns with the mission of the Fergusson Foundation.   Much too often, family violence, that affects women, children, men, and the elderly in a family, or with an intimate partner, continues to remain hidden, explained away, and/or unreported by victims or by-standers. New Brunswick’s Family Violence Prevention Month calls each of us to make a positive difference.  Working together, let us all be very aware this month and beyond, of the reality and the effects of Family Violence: it really hits home.”

The Minister Responsible for Social Development, Cathy Rogers took part in the Declaration signing recognizing the work of all those involved in family violence prevention work. Minister Rogers said “Violence against women is a serious issue with short and long term implications for the victims, their families and society as a whole.  Our Government appreciates the commitment of the Fergusson Foundation in continuing their work to promote educational programs and support for families affected by violence.” She added, “We as a government are also committed to ending family violence.  We work closely with community partners to ensure the safety of all residents.”

Declaration PDF