Stand up and stop violence against women

VICTORIA – British Columbians can stand together during the week of Apr.
14-20 to condemn all acts of violence against women as the B.C.
government proclaims Prevention of Violence against Women Week.

This week is an opportunity to acknowledge that violence against women
has serious adverse physical, psychological, sexual, financial and
cultural impacts on women, children, families and communities. It also
provides the chance to let women know they are not alone and that help
and support are available to women who are victims of all types of
violence.

Community groups throughout the province will be holding events to send
the message that violence against women is not acceptable in our province
and that all women have the right to feel safe and live free from
violence.

Just one example of the many community-led initiatives happening during
the week is the Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society’s Clothes Line Project.
The project gives the public the chance to decorate a shirt with anti-
violence messages to display all week at the Whistler Public Library.
Staff and volunteers will be on hand to support victims of violence who
would like to reach out for help. Full details of other community events
can be found at:
www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/crimeprevention/calendar/doc/PVAW_Week_Calendar_2013.pdf

The B.C. government has shown a clear commitment to preventing violence
against women and supporting female victims through more than 100
transition house programs and over 400 victim service and violence-
against-women counselling and outreach programs. Government has also
established the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence and is currently
developing a comprehensive, three-year domestic violence plan for
implementation this year.

If you have been the victim of violence, or know someone who has, support
is available at any time. Call your local police or access help by
calling VictimLink BC – a toll-free, confidential telephone service
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 110 languages,
at 1 800 563-0808.