November Is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta
Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton, Alberta where concerned residents launched a family violence education and prevention campaign. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Family Violence Prevention Month. See what The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence did 30 years ago.
This grassroots effort inspired the Alberta Legislature to support family violence prevention as an ongoing provincial initiative, resulting in the creation of Family Violence Prevention Month. Today, hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services.
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.
Events across Alberta
Communities throughout Alberta are planning events in November. Get inspired from the events to start your own and learn how to raise awareness. Send us details about your events for our calendar by emailing Carmen.To@gov.ab.ca
Communities across the province also plan events to recognize National Bullying Awareness Week.
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.
Community Resource Toolkit for Family Violence Prevention Month
The following tools help you plan awareness activities and learn more about family violence.
- What You Can Do About Family Violence In Your Community Information Sheet
- How to Make Your Event Culturally Inclusive
- English Express Family Violence Insert – a four-page newspaper insert that explains information about family violence in pictures and simple English for those learning English as a second language.
- More family violence resources