Fairview recognizes November as Family Violence Prevention Month

Left to right: Fairview Mayor Gord Macleod, Central Peace-Notley MLA Todd Loewen’s representative Patricia Woronuk, and MD of Fairview Reeve Peggy Johnson declare November Family Violence Month in front of New to You Thrift Market in Fairview, Alta. SUBMITTED

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Both the Town and MD of Fairview proclaimed November as Family Violence Prevention Month on Nov. 2.

Central-Peace Notley MLA Todd Loewen also signed the proclamation, which highlighted the importance of community working together to promote healthy relationships and creating safe spaces.

Family Violence Prevention Month began in 1986 in the town of Hinton, with the Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence launching Alberta’s first official family violence education and prevention initiative.

The colour purple was chosen as the campaign’s colour to recognize women’s resiliency in surviving domestic violence.

In previous years, Crossroads Resource Centre and Women’s Shelter (CRCWS)  has been able to do more to help raise awareness for Family Violence and Prevention Month, but due to COVID, they are more conscious of what they are able and not able to do.

“Last year, we did our first annual Purple Party in which we had a speaker, Mike Cameron, who became an advocate against Gender Based Violence after his common law partner was killed by her former partner,” said Wendy Biegel, executive director for CRCWS.

CRCWS has a purple display at the New to You Market as well as signage and brochures. It hopes to partner again with the Fairview Flyers hockey team, where they wear their old uniforms which are purple on Nov. 13 in support of awareness regarding family violence.

After Nov. 11, CRCWS will distribute purple ribbons throughout the community for people to wear to show their support.

“Our biggest event will be our social media event on Nov. 24, where we ask all businesses in the community to wear purple,” said Biegel.

“And we’ll come around with our #gopurple banner, and we’ll share their pictures on social media.”

Participating businesses will have their name put into a draw for a free lunch.

Biegel added that it is important to raise community awareness as Alberta has the third highest rate of self-reported family violence among the Canadian provinces.

Family violence is preventable and recognizing November as Family Violence Prevention Month allows the community to have an increased awareness around what resources and supports are available throughout Fairview and how the community can work together to mend family bonds and build healthy relationships.

Biegel highlighted that Crossroads is not only just a shelter but has a very strong outreach program as well, meaning women do not have to go into the shelter to access outreach for safety planning, and support.

“A lot of women will choose to stay in their relationship, and we don’t judge that,” she said.

“Women are experts in their own life and what they need, and outreach allows people to access services and support.”

The executive director added that the main goal with this month is generating awareness that domestic violence does exist in our communities and wanted to elaborate that CRCWS is an important resource in the community of Fairview.

“It’s an important thing… that we start those conversations so that domestic violence in families doesn’t remain hidden and behind closed doors,” said Biegel.

“We want people to know that Crossroads is a safe place and feel comfortable reaching out to access supports.”

Crossroads helpline is available to people of any age, gender and to anyone feeling that they need help in some form. The team at CRCWS encourages anyone to call it if they are feeling in need of support.

The number for the helpline is 1-877-835-2120.

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