November Is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta

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 support family violence prevention as an ongoing provincial initiative, resulting in the creation of Family Violence Prevention Month.

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.

This year marks the 30th anniversary when Family Violence Prevention Month began. See what The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence started 30 years ago.

Reach Out. Speak Out.

This year’s provincial theme is Reach Out. Speak Out. It inspires all of us to take action now and in the future to end family violence and support survivors. At the same time, the theme also recognizes those who have worked tirelessly over the years to make a difference in their communities.

To kick off the month, you can show your support by wearing purple on November 1st. Follow us @abhumanservices during November. #ABFVPM.

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Get inspired from these events to start your own. Here are some tips on how to raise awareness.

Communities are also planning events to recognize National Bullying Awareness Week, November 13-19, which is a part of Family Violence Prevention.

Inspiration Awards 2016

Inspiration Awards showcases leaders in violence prevention and promoting healthy relationships. Nominate a remarkable Albertan by September 16, 2016. Recipients will be announced in November, 2016.

Promotional Resources for Family Violence Prevention Month 2016

You can download these resources to help promote Family Violence Prevention Month across Alberta.

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