County partners with communities to end domestic violence

February 5, 2014

Strathcona County is partnering with five other municipalities in the Capital Region to put an end to domestic violence.

As family violence is an issue that affects every community, Strathcona County has been working alongside Beaumont, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc and Sturgeon County, in consultation with SHIFT: The Project to End Domestic Violence, to meet the collective goal of preventing domestic violence. The process includes engaging community members and municipal leaders to consider ways they can influence societal change relating to domestic violence.

“A key priority for our community is to reduce, with the aim to eliminate, domestic violence,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “Together, with the combined expertise of SHIFT and our local and regional partners, we are building a community that is engaged in the prevention of family violence.”

This past November, Strathcona County along with the Community Partners in Action Committee, a collaboration of local social services agencies, sponsored a Men as Allies event. Men, who were identified as being positive influences and role models in their community, were invited to discuss the role men can take in preventing family violence.

As a follow-up, in February, the partnering municipalities will be working with SHIFT to host three Community of Practice planning events. Municipal leaders will attend an event to discuss ways government can help to prevent domestic violence. Men as Allies participants will advance the conversation and influence change by developing strategies to apply within their own networks. As well, service providers who work with those impacted by domestic violence will begin the development of a community plan that will help reduce family violence in our community.

These three Community of Practice events will be held at Festival Place in Sherwood Park on February 13, 2014, and February 14, 2014. For more information on Community of Practice information sessions, please call 780-464-4044.

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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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Contact:

Mayor Roxanne Carr, 780-464-8000
Gillian Kennedy, Family and Community Services, 780-464-4044