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April 7, 2013 / Man in the Mirror

canada.com: CWAV workshop takes aim at abuse

BY ANDREA RONDEAU, CITIZEN APRIL 5, 2013
 
 

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is hosting a timely workshop Thursday, April 18 to raise community awareness about violence against women.

With awareness, the Society says, comes a heightened ability to help prevent these crimes.

“If more people can recognize and speak out against violence against women,” said Tina Schoen, supervisor of Somenos Transition House, “we have a better chance to hold offenders accountable. Knowledge can help communities support women, youth and children who experience violence and prevent tragedies.”

Statistics Canada reports that one out of four women in Canada experience violence every year. April 14 to 20 is Prevention of Violence Against Women Week. But this annual observance is not the only thing that makes the timing of the workshop so apropos.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP recently reported that incidences of domestic violence are noticeably high, and have seen a “significant rise” in the last year. According to police this kind of rise is typically seen during a recession. In February, Cowichan participated in the worldwide One Billion Rising event.

“People came away from this event wanting to do more on an individual and a community level to end violence against women,” the Society says. “The upcoming community workshop will give people the knowledge they need to begin to take action.”

Working Together to Prevent Violence Against Women – A Community Workshop takes place at the Duncan United Church hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 or by donation, and those interested should contact CWAVS at 250-7487000 or cwav@cwav.org to register.

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