Provincial Government Marks Sexual Violence Awareness Week
September 14, 2015
Supporting Safe and Healthy Communities
The Provincial Government is proclaiming September 14-18 as Sexual Violence Awareness Week in Newfoundland and Labrador, as a way to draw attention to the issue of sexual violence, and encourage people to learn more about its impacts.
This year’s theme is Building CommUNITY, which recognizes the urgent and ongoing need for collaborative action to end sexual violence in order to support safe, healthy communities.
“Ending sexual violence requires a year-round community effort to raise awareness that all forms of violence are unacceptable. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador remains committed to working with community partners through the Violence Prevention Initiative, to create safe communities where all residents can live, learn and work without fear of violence.”
– The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services, joined community partners this morning to sign the proclamation.
Flags at Confederation building will fly at half-mast until sunset today, to mark the observance. In St. John’s, a number of events are being organized by the Sexual Violence Awareness Week Committee, including the Take Back the Night March, which will start at 7:00 p.m. in Bannerman Park on Friday, September 18. Information about other events can be found at www.nlsacpc.com .
The Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence are holding events across the province to mark Sexual Violence Awareness Week, as part of the Violence Prevention Initiative. Contact information for each committee can be found in the backgrounder below.
“Sexual Violence Awareness Week reminds us that communities must unite against sexual violence in all its forms. People are encouraged to talk openly about the realities and prevalence of sexual violence in our everyday lives and to learn how to better respond to and support survivors. This week continues to grow year after year and we are pleased to see how communities all over the province adopt and take part in the week.”
– Nicole Kieley, Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre
Through the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI), the Provincial Government provides operational funding to the 10 Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence, the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre and the Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding is also provided to Aboriginal groups committed to the prevention of violence against Aboriginal women and children through the Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Grants Program.
- The Provincial Government is proclaiming September 14-18 as Sexual Violence Awareness Week in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Ending sexual violence requires a community effort to raise awareness that all forms of violence are unacceptable.
- Information about Sexual Violence Awareness Week events can be found at www.nlsacpc.com .
- The Violence Prevention Initiative demonstrates the Provincial Government’s commitment to achieving long-term solutions for those most at risk of violence by working with Provincial Government departments and agencies and over 30 community partners. Additional information on the Violence Prevention Initiative can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/vpi/.
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The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services, joins Nicole Kieley, Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) to sign a proclamation for Sexual Violence Awareness Week. Also participating are (L-R) Karen Dickson and Michelle Smith from the Women’s Policy Office (WPO), Janet Lee, Crisis Support Coordinator for NLSACPC and Nancy Allen from WPO – September 14, 2015.
Women’s Policy Office
Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre
Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence
Coalition Against Violence- Avalon East
www.coalitionagainstviolence.ca External Link
Catherine Dwyer, Executive Director
31 Peet Street – Tara Place, Suite 215
St. John’s, NL A1B 3W8
Communities Against Violence
Stacy Harris, Executive Director
30 A Cathedral Street, Harbour Grace
P.O. Box 130
Carbonear, NL A1Y 1B6
Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence
www.bpvav.com External Link
Melanie Cleal, Executive Director
60 Atlantic Crescent
P.O. Box 87
Marystown, NL AOE 2MO
Eastern Region Committee Against Violence
www.ercav.ca External Link
Tracey Fleming, Executive Director
105 Manitoba Dr., Suite 304
Clarenville, NL A5A 1K2
The Roads to End Violence
www.roadstoendviolence.ca External Link
Lori Oram, Executive Director
157 Airport Boulevard
Gander, NL A1V 1K6
Violence Prevention South and Central
www.vpsc.ca External Link
Linda Nuotio-Flynn, Executive Director
5 Hardy Ave
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2P8
Western Regional Coalition to End Violence
www.wrcev.ca External Link
Victoria Jones, Executive Director
P.O. Box 373
2 Carmen Avenue
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6E3
Southwestern Coalition to End Violence
www.swcev.ca External Link
Bernice Hancock, Coordinating Agency Representative
31 – 37 Gallant Street
P.O. Box 621
Stephenville, NL A2N 3B5
709-643-1022 / 643-5399
Northern Committee Against Violence
www.ncav.ca External Link
Darlene Rice, Executive Director
279 West Street
P.O. Box 847
St. Anthony, NL AOK 4SO
Violence Prevention Labrador
www.vplabrador.ca External Link
Carmen Hancock, Executive Director
P.O. Box 23
Forteau, NL A0K 2P0
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