November is Family Violence Prevention Month
The provincial government, in partnership with the Fergusson Foundation, has proclaimed November as Family Violence Prevention Month, promoting awareness of the impact family violence has on individuals, families, workplaces and communities.
L-R: Hon. Kris Austin, Minister of Public Safety, Rebecca Francis, Fergusson Foundation Executive Director, Sonja Perley, Fergusson Foundation President and Hon. Sherry Wilson, Minister Responsible for Women’s Equality.
“I encourage New Brunswickers to break the silence surrounding family violence and help spread awareness of existing supports for survivors,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “It is vital that survivors find safety and feel heard.”
People are encouraged to support victims of family violence by believing them, listening to them, and letting them know that specialized services are available. These include:
- domestic violence outreach
- second-stage housing
- transition houses
- services for children who witness family violence
- community-based services related to sexual violence
- victim services
- emergency intervention orders
- 211 information and referral phone service
“Family violence can happen to anyone, and at all ages. It takes many forms, with impacts that go beyond direct physical injury,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace, who is also the minister responsible for women’s equality. “If you know someone who is struggling, listen to them, let them know it is not their fault, and encourage them to find support. A single kind word can lead to change.”
Once again, we ask all New Brunswickers to recognize November as Family Violence Prevention Month. The foundation has been working to eliminate family violence in the province for more than 35 years by funding research on the causes, incidence and treatment of family violence, promoting educational programs, and supporting organizations that provide services to those affected by violence and abuse.
More information about services for survivors of violence is available online.
Shine a “Purple” Light on Family Violence
A huge thank you to our incredible community partners who will be helping the Fergusson Foundation “Shine A Purple Light on Family Violence” throughout November in honour of Family Violence Prevention Month.
The following landmarks will be lit in purple this November:
– Fredericton City Hall
– The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
– UNB Fredericton’s Sir Howard Douglas Hall
– UNB Saint John’s Hans Klohn Building
– St. Thomas University steeples at Holy Cross House and George Martin Hall