Last month we shared these alarming statistics about rising stress and the global shadow pandemic of family violence. We also told you we''re working to raise awareness of the issue and to provide tangible help.
- 1 in 10 women is very or extremely concerned about the possibility of violence in the home
- 1 in 3 Canadians is very or extremely concerned about family stress from confinement
On Father’s Day – and just in time for the end of the school year – a coalition of local agencies and municipalities launched the #KeepFamiliesSafe campaign. The campaign runs throughout the summer and fall and includes social media, virtual events and outreach to groups including large employers and faith communities.
Research shows that simple, early intervention can defuse tense situations before they escalate:
- People at-risk need to be aware that help is available and to feel safe accessing suppot
- People who are concerned (friends, neighbours, coworkers) need the tools to know what to look for, what say and where to get help
- Residents of the region need to know that social cohesion - that feeling that we''re looking out for one another- can make a world of difference.
That''s why we''re sharing information about easy ways people can help reduce or prevent family violence at home, at work and in the community.
Will you share the #KeepFamiliesSafe campaign with your networks?
Discover more at www.preventingcrime.ca/KeepFamiliesSafe