County working to eliminate family violence

November 4, 2014

White Ribbon campaign

This November, white ribbons will signify the move to end violence against women during Family Violence Prevention month.

The White Ribbon campaign, established in 1991 by a small group of men in Canada, urges men to speak out against violence against women. In almost 60 countries, the White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity.

“Wearing a white ribbon signifies a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “Our future should not have violence against anyone – man, woman or child. Together, we can influence each other to speak out and put an end to abuse.”

Since 2011, Alberta’s rate of self-reported domestic violence has been higher than the national average. Alberta’s rate of domestic violence was 7.6%, compared to 6.2% in the rest of Canada. In Strathcona County, there has been an increase in the reporting of domestic violence from 332 cases in 2007 to 760 cases in 2013.

In addition to participating in the White Ribbon Campaign, Strathcona County is a community of practice with Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, a research program aimed at significantly reducing, and eventually ending domestic violence in Alberta. Based on the research of Shift, the County has developed a local network of men in the community, known as Men as Allies, who recognize that everyone has a role to play in ending family violence. Through their spheres of influence, the Men as Allies raise awareness and educate men and women about their role in preventing domestic violence.

Another County initiative is the Make it Our Business training, a program that teaches local businesses, organizations and community groups how to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence in the workplace. Complete list of County initiatives that address domestic violence

White ribbons are available to anyone who wants to make a pledge to take a stand to end violence against women. Ribbons are available at the Family and Community Services office at 200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595