November is Family Violence Prevention Month

The facts are simple and concerning. Today Alberta has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the entire country. In Calgary alone, police receive more than 18,000 domestic conflict calls per year and one in five of them involve physical violence.

Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton where four remarkable Albertans, Katherine Kennedy, Sonja Bennett, Faye Wheeler and Glenda Carter, formed The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence and launched Alberta’s very first family violence education and prevention campaign.

The Society’s goals were to draw public attention to the issue and to evoke positive change in their community. This led to expanding local supports and services for individuals and families in the areas of prevention, protection and rehabilitation. At a time when family violence was never talked about publicly, these courageous women inspired the Alberta Legislature to proclaim every November, Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. Today their legacy continues. Hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services.

CFN is proud to be a part of the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective, a group of close to 60 community partners that provides a coordinated response to domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention. As a part CFN's Vulnerable Population Services, our in-house crisis counsellor provides 1-on-1 counselling non-therapeutic counselling, crisis intervention as necessary, needs assessment to identify an individual, social, emotional, and behavioural aspects of the client. We help to identify situations and explore options, as well as develop and implement a plan of action. Our practitioner provides information and referrals to internal agency programs/resources & external agencies along with ethnocultural communities’ programs/resources. We connect clients to resources which can assist in meeting their needs and all services are delivered in a private, safe, confidential, and respectful environment. All have right to confidentiality, excluding specific circumstances, such as harm to oneself or harm to others.

CFN is committed to ending domestic violence through collaborative, coordinated intervention and prevention strategies and strongly believes that increasing public awareness, providing education and working to improve legislation can assist in the fight against domestic violence.

For more information on CFN Vulnerable Population Services call 403.537.8806 or visit www.centrefornewcomers.ca/vulnerable