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April 24, 2013 / Man in the Mirror

Kootneay News Advertiser: Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

Several Cranbrook Agencies who serve Women and Families have come together to coordinate the Clothesline Project again this year.   During  April 15 to 21, communities across British Columbia will observe Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, a time to focus on a crime that Statistics Canada reports 1 out of 4 women in Canada experience every year.  Summit Community Services Society, Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association – Kootenays , and ANKORS wants you to know that everyone can help prevent Violence Against Women by being aware and more than a bystander. 

Participate by Painting a T-shirt, enjoying displays at local businesses and educating yourself about Violence against Women.    Clients at Haven Garden’s, Kootenay Haven and Summit will have supplies available to represent their experience on a t-shirt in the weeks prior to the project.

During the project please check out displays at local businesses including:  The Choice, Kootenay Roasting Company, East Kootenay Community Credit Union.  Kootenay Therapy Center, The Painted Crate, Lotus Books, Kathy’s Kitchen, Max’s Place, and Pages Book Emporium, Corks and Caps, The College of the Rockies.

Why do we do this project?  This is an opportunity for women to bear witness to their experience as part of their healing process, to educate and raise public awareness and to have our community be part of a Nation Wide Project.   Many people underestimate the seriousness and impact of the crime. “If more people can recognize unhealthy relationships and speak out against violence against women” said Nancy Reid, Administrator of Women’s Services, CMHA “we have a better chance to prevent violence against women and to hold offenders accountable.  Knowledge can help communities support women, youth and children who experience violence and prevent tragedies.” 

For more information, please contact Kootenay Haven Transition House at 250-426-4887 or Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre  250-426 2912.

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