November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Provincial government is urging Manitobans to speak out against abuse.
Minister Rochelle Squires announced up to $45,000 to support the following training and awareness projects:
“This training will engage service providers to learn and apply new skills when working with community members who are living with addictions,” said Dana Arabe, executive director of Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. “Participants will learn new ways of being and doing through an Indigenous lens, which will improve services within their organizations while promoting a safe and healthy community.”
In 2018-19, the Family Violence Prevention Program will provide $10.7 million to 33 community-based programs. Squires commended all agencies that provide support to women, men and children in Manitoba affected by family violence.
Starting Nov. 25, the province will join the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign, which is themed ‘End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work’. As part of the 16 Days campaign, the United Nation’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign will use #HearMeToo on social media to stand in solidarity with survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
“We all have a responsibility to end violence,” said Squires. “We must continue to voice that it is not acceptable or tolerated in our society. It is our responsibility to create an environment where survivors are supported as they rebuild their lives.”
The minister urged Manitobans to start conversations with family and friends, listen to those who may be hurting and share information on resources, such as www.gov.mb.ca/stoptheviolence/index.html .