Committee updates strategy on family violence prevention in P.E.I.

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Ann Sherman, chairwoman of the Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention, unveiled the committee's updated strategy Wednesday.

Ann Sherman recalls years ago when a presentation on family violence was held in P.E.I., nobody came.

She believes people stayed away, in part, out of fear others might think there was violence occurring in their homes.

Times have changed – thankfully for the better.

“One of the things I have noticed is people are much more open to discussing family violence,’’ says Sherman, the chairwoman of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention.

“Within communities, within groups and I think even within families there is much more openness there.’’

The committee, over the past 20 years, has put great focus on public awareness in working to prevent and address family violence.

As a result, Islanders today are more likely to seek help when faced with family violence.

“Because of the work that we’ve done, victims, survivors, abusers even, know where they can go…to get help,’’ says Sherman.

“The promotion of those services, I think, have really made a difference.’’

Not surprising, then, the committee is for the most part sticking with a successful formula.

The newly updated strategy of the Premier’s Action Committee, unveiled Wednesday, focuses attention on prevention, public engagement and education.

Goals of the strategy include province-wide awareness and sensitivity about the extent, impact, and nature of family violence; improved access to information relating to family violence; and communities and specific groups, such as men and boys, engaged in work for family violence prevention.

“The response to family violence is very important but we’re all about preventing it from happening in the first place,’’ says Sherman.

“How we are going to do that is changing attitudes and that’s a long, long process.’’

The updated strategy also focuses on coordination and training; interventions and service delivery; policy, protocols, and legislation; and research and evaluation.

Sherman would like to see more detailed data compiled on the frequency and range of family violence occurring in P.E.I.

“It has nothing to do with income level, it has nothing to do with education level, it has nothing to do with where you live or how you live,’’ she says.

“It’s something that is within society and as such it is a societal problem that we have to deal with.’’


Organizations: Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention, Statistics Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada

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  • Face inthecrowd
    February 04, 2016 - 06:51

    I may have been hoping for too much. I was hoping finally to see some solid movement and resources put towards men's mental health. They will tell men and boys the life they should be living even though with their own experience they have no idea how to get there. It is true there is only a percentage of persons who were abused, abuse. I will venture to say those in the legal justice system there is a high percentage of those who were. Now to face trying to get resources from justice and not mental health. Building another shelter will not stop the next incident it will only give the victims a place to go. They also did not say if as in the Stats Can report the reporting of domestic violence is on par between men and women. I would be interested to see if we follow that trend.

    • Stacey
      February 04, 2016 - 15:16

      As long as Judge Douglas sits on the bench there will be NO justice for our seems the only people that benefit are the abusers.