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2018 Campaign

February 11th to the 17th is Family Violence Prevention Week

Social Media

During Family Violence Prevention Week, follow and share daily posts on facebook.com/govpe and twitter.com/InfoPEI. Send us photos by email from Wear Purple Day or community activities to be added to our photo gallery.

Communities

Communities across the Island are planning events and activities to help raise awareness of family violence including walks in silence, awareness presentations, family activities and more. Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 14 is Wear Purple Day

Islanders are encouraged to wear purple to:

  • raise awareness of Family Violence Prevention Week; Learn what you can do to do to make a difference. Whether we are a neighbour, co-worker, friend or family member of someone experiencing violence, we all have a role to play in ending family violence. Even if we are not using violence or experiencing violence ourselves, there are actions we can take. Action by bystanders can make a difference.   It could save a life.
  • remember victims of violence and their families; and
  • show that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.

Do you know someone who is experiencing violence?

Learn what you can do to do to make a difference. Whether we are a neighbour, co-worker, friend or family member of someone experiencing violence, individuals have a role to play in ending family violence. Even if we are not using violence or experiencing violence ourselves, there are actions to take. Action by bystanders can make a difference. It could save a life.

Here are some things we can do to support someone in an abusive or violent relationship:

  • Learn the warning signs: Look for “red flags” that may indicate someone is being abused such as a partner checking up on them all the time, trying to keep them away from family and friends, threatening to abuse pets. For more signs, check out www.stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca/warningsigns.
  • Reach out: If you are worried about someone in a situation of abuse or violence, speak to the person privately about your concerns. Don’t try to tell the person what to do, but let them know you are willing to listen and help think about options.
  • Provide information on community resources: Having the right information may help the person seek protection or reach out to a community support agency.
  • Be patient: Do not get discouraged if the person does not want to talk or is not ready to make a change. It is important to continue to be supportive and let the person know they can come to you.
  • Trust your instincts: If you think someone you know is in danger, or if you are in danger, call 911.  

Still not sure how to respond? There are professionals who can help.
  • PEI Family Violence Prevention Services: 1-800-240-9894
  • Victim Services: 902-368-4582 (Charlottetown), 902-888-8218 (Summerside)
  • PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre: 1-888-368-8055
  • Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter: 1-855-297-2332

Abuse of Child or Older Person

If you witness or suspect child abuse, it is mandatory to report it to the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-341-6868. If you suspect abuse or neglect of an older person, contact Adult Protection at 902-892-4790.
  • remember victims of violence and their families; and
  • show that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.
     
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