A new website is now available to help survivors of family violence find the supports they need.
November is ‘Family Violence Prevention Month’ and to mark the first day the provincial government announced, on Thursday, this new resource.
The website has information about all supports available across Alberta, contact information for groups focused on helping, and it also includes an online chat from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m daily.
“Every Albertan has the right to be safe. If you are in an abusive situation, I want you to know you are not alone,” said Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services. “Alongside our community partners, we're working hard to break the cycle of abuse and end violence in our communities.”
One initiative that’s still available for victims is the ‘Safer Spaces’ program. This allows survivors to end their lease without any financial penalty – helping around 600 Albertans since 2016.
Anyone who’s in an emergency situation is still being encouraged to call 9-1-1.
Waypoints will be hosting multiple events in November to bring more awareness to the issue.
On November 13, they will be presenting the ‘Ghomeshi Effect’ – an award winning documentary dance-theatre performance that tackles sexual violence.
Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion where experts will provide local context.
On November 28, Waypoints will be hosting the ‘Good Red Road’ – a workshop presented by a local elder who explains how Traditional Indigenous Teachings can help build health families and communities.
They’ve partnered with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Landmark Cinemas to share a PSA video throughout November.
Coffee and a chat booths will be held throughout Fort McMurray, where Waypoints plans on sharing information about healthy relationships and their organization.
Meanwhile, you’re also being encouraged to raise awareness for ‘Family Violence Prevention Month’ by wearing a purple ribbon.