November is family violence prevention month in Alberta.

The theme of this year’s month-long campaign to raise awareness is “Reach Out, Speak Out – Everyone has the Right to be Safe.”
 
Family violence prevention month began in 1986 in Hinton, the community initiative launching at a time when the issue of family violence was rarely discussed in public.
 
The province is reminding Albertans that family violence can affect people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations, and that there are resources available for Albertans in abusive situations.
 
“Every Albertan has the right to be safe,” said Irfan Sabir, minister of community and social services. “If you are in an abusive situation, I want you to know you are not alone. There are resources and people available to help and support you. Alongside our community partners, we’re working hard to break the cycle of abuse and end violence in our communities.”
 
On Tuesday (Oct.30), Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank officially declared November as family violence prevention month in the county. Together with A Safe Place, Victim Services and Saffron Sexual Assault Centre, the county will be working to help people learn more about ways to support healthy relationships in an effort to end family violence.
 
A Safe Place provides shelter and other support services for abused women and their children. According to information provided by the county, in 2017 RCMP received 883 reports of family violence in Strathcona County. A Safe Place admitted 739 women and children to the shelter and supported an additional 404 adults and children through its outreach program.
 
A Safe Place also made alternative arrangements for 2,143 women and children who could not be accommodated in the shelter due to lack of room.
 
The county’s family and community services offers supports for people who have concerns with relationships, with all services available free or “pay what you can afford.”
 
More information about support resources in the county is available through the county's website.

The province reminds Albertans that support to people in abusive relationships is available across the province through emergency services, the 24-hour family violence information line (310-1818), the Safer Spaces program, or through the province’s new family violence website.

Albertans are encouraged to wear purple ribbons in support of family violence prevention month.

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