Violence against women in OUR community?

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Do you suspect that abuse is happening to a woman, whether it is a neighbor, friend or family member?

 Do you know what to do, or how to talk about it?

  The  Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s (WOCRC) Violence Against Women – Peer Support program is launching an educational campaign entitled Neighbours, Friends and Family of women in our community. Neighbours, Friends and Family campaign is part of a province-wide initiative developed in partnership with the province of Ontario to help promote a change in attitudes about women abuse, and how we can all participate in making a difference in people’s lives.

The following are some of the most common reasons people do not get involved when they suspect or know domestic violence is taking place are:

  • It’s none of my business;
  • If she wanted help she would ask for it;
  • I’m afraid I could make things worse and put her and her children in more danger;
  • I am worried about making the situation worse; or
  • I don’t know what to do to help.

The WOCRC-VAW Peer Supporters are available for presentations, which are designed to raise awareness of the signs to look for when a woman is being abused, so that people who are close to an at-risk woman can provide help.

The WOCRC-VAW Peer Supporters are available to give presentations to:

  • Neighbours
  • Community Groups
  • Educational Facilities
  • Individuals

This program is also available to businesses in the area in support of Bill 168.

If you are interested in booking our presentation for a meeting of your group or organisation you can call:

Shelley Evelyn, Peer Support Coordinator at 613-591-3686, Extension 253.

   The WOCRC partners with others to develop, provide and coordinate accessible community, health and social services for all members of our diverse communities.  We are committed to ensuring access to permanent and quality French Language Services in our designated programs and services.