Raise Awareness - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Raise Awareness

The key to preventing family violence is raising awareness. We can all play a role in preventing family violence and helping people get the help they need to get their lives back on track.

What individuals can do

To help raise awareness of family violence in your community, you can:

  • Offer to help your local women’s shelter as a volunteer, board member or fund raiser;
  • Work with local churches and faith communities to provide information about family violence;
  • Ask local businesses to display family violence information in their stores;
  • Encourage your local public library to carry magazines and books about family violence;
  • Submit regular articles about family violence to your local newspaper;
  • Organize a display of articles, poems and artwork about family violence;
  • Ask the local health clinic to provide information on abuse of older adults in waiting and examining rooms; and/or
  • Collect toys, books and toiletry items from your neighbours to donate to your local youth or women's shelter.

What communities can do

Community agencies can work together to address family violence issues at the local level. They can:

  • Contact your Regional Family Violence and Bullying Coordinator to discuss family violence initiatives in your region;
  • Create an interagency committee or working group to formalize their commitment to end family violence in their community;
  • Develop a listing of services available in their community for those impacted by family violence;
  • Identify and address family violence service gaps in their community;
  • Start a support group for victims of family violence;
  • Plan a public forum on family violence;
  • Distribute family violence awareness materials (order form for community resources) to businesses, employers, medical professionals and faith organizations in their community;
  • Proclaim Family Violence Prevention Month each November and encourage individuals and community groups to participate in awareness activities;
  • Distribute a placemat to be used in local restaurants highlighting events in their community during Family Violence Prevention Month; and/or
  • Coordinate a Family Violence Prevention Month campaign.

What schools can do

To help raise awareness of family violence, school officials, parents and students can work together to:

  • Help children learn non-violent ways of dealing with conflict;
  • Educate young people about dating violence and all other forms of abuse;
  • Place dating violence posters in the school and provide family violence information sheets for students;
  • Give copies of a dating safely checklist to all students on registration day;
  • Post the Dating Bill of Rights1 in school hallways and bathrooms;
  • Include information about dating violence in the school newsletter;
  • Develop a student led anti-violence and anti-bullying campaign;
  • Honour students who work to reduce violence and bullying; and/or
  • Organize an event to collect teddy bears, quilts and other items to donate to a shelter for comforting children and youth.

What employers can do

To help raise awareness of family violence, employers and co-workers can:

  • Show their support for employees who may be dealing with family violence issues;
  • Keep family violence information readily available for staff, families and volunteers. Order information sheets and booklets online (use the order form);
  • Display information in your workplace about family violence and resources that can help victims;
  • Work with community organizations to provide funding for programs and services to help victims of family violence; and/or
  • Sponsor an event to raise awareness during Family Violence Prevention Month.

1Adapted from McShane, C. (1988). Warning! Dating may be hazardous to your health! Racine, WI: Mother Courage Press.

Modified: 2018-04-30
PID: 15675