Mayor Don Iveson proclaimed November Family Violence Prevention Month in Edmonton on November 1, 2017.
Family violence is considered to be any form of abuse, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adult experiences from a family member, or from someone with whom they have an intimate relationship. The following pages provide information about family violence, the laws relating to family violence and the kind of help that is available to someone experiencing family violence.
The theme for this year’s proclamation is: “It takes all of us — how men and boys are part of the solution to preventing family violence, and the steps they are taking to make a difference.”
Each year, the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta, hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals across Alberta are involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services.
Mayor Iveson said, “Violence is never a solution,it’s critical we teach each other and the next generation that violence in any form harms an individual’s physical, social, mental and emotional well-being. All community members deserve to live their lives free from fear and violence.”
Family violence can include many different forms of physical and emotional abuse or neglect carried out by family members or intimate partners.
In 2016 approximately one-third, just over 825, of all calls to the City of Edmonton’s Individual and Family Well-being team were related to family violence.
Family Violence Prevention Month began in Hinton as a grassroots initiative in 1986. Today, hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals in Alberta are involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services.
Many events for Family Violence Prevention month will take place across Edmonton and the province.
The City of Edmonton offers individual counselling and groups through Individual and Family Well-being. If you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship and would like to speak to someone, call 780-496-4777.
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