“Our Stories Matter”: Woman’s Abuse Awareness Month

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“Our Stories Matter”: Woman’s Abuse Awareness Month
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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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Regional Chair Gary Carr and Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner and community leaders will join members of Halton Violence Prevention Council to mark the beginning of Woman Abuse Awareness Month on Thursday November 6th, 2014 at 10:00am at the Halton Region, Rotunda, 1151 Bronte Road in the Town of Oakville.

The public is welcome to attend as Halton Violence Prevention Council hangs it’s “Act Against Violence” banners throughout the Region for the month of November.

The Council’s mission is to end violence against women and their children in our community. It is a coordinating committee which works towards improving services for women and children experiencing abuse, in order to achieve a healthy Halton community.

HVPC members consist of more than 20 agencies in the Halton community, including representatives from legal and police services; counselling and sexual assault agencies; women’s shelters; child protection; addictions, housing and mental health sectors; health-based services and survivor-informed agencies.

This year the Council’s work includes “Our Stories Matter”, a Survivors’ Speakers’ Bureau. This initiative recognizes that an important part of healing and activism for many women who are survivors of interpersonal violence can be sharing their stories. Also, a key aspect of community responses to gendered violence is ensuring the voices of women with lived experience are heard. The HVPC Speakers’ Bureau is an opportunity for women to speak up and speak out, to network and support each other and to share their ideas about effective responses from our community.

The council continues to be engaged in the Neighbours. Friends and Families Campaign which is a provincial strategy to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so people who are close to an at-risk woman or a man who uses abusive behaviours can help. Contact Halton Violence Prevention Council if you are interested in a “Neighbours, Friends and Families” presentation or if you want to engage in the “Our Stories Matter” Speakers’ Bureau initiative under 905.637-5256.

Further, the Council will use the launch to invite community members, businesses and organizations to engage in the “Purple Thursdays” campaign – a movement to draw attention to the issue of woman abuse and gendered violence throughout the month of November by wearing purple every Thursday as a way to start conversations, raise awareness and support.

For a complete list of Council members, further information on the Speakers’ Bureau, the initiatives of HVPC, and/or Woman Abuse Awareness Month, please contact the HVPC Coordinator at 905-637-5256, or hvpc.coord@accesscounselling.ca.

Are you currently involved in an abusive relationship? You and your family can get help! Call the 24-hour crisis line of Halton Women’s Place (south 905-332-7892, north 905-878-8555) or the Assaulted Women’s Helpline (toll free: 1-866-863-0511).

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