FILE PHOTO: Walk in Silence for Victims of Family Violence
Walk in Silence for Victims of Family Violence begins at Province House at noon
People from all walks of life will walk together in Charlottetown today to raise awareness about family violence during the seventh annual Walk in Silence for Victims of Family Violence.
The walk will begin at Province House at noon and end at 12:30 p.m. with a reception at city hall where resource information will be available.
The walk is a symbolic gesture to give a voice to family violence victims, who may remain silent out of fear or other reasons.
It brings together Islanders, representatives from many interested groups and professions to show their commitment and support for Island families by working to prevent family violence.
"This annual event serves to raise awareness of the ongoing issue of family violence and the continued need for resources and support for those dealing with it," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.
"We want victims of family violence to know they are not alone — there is help and support available. "
The storm date for the walk and reception is Thursday, Feb. 18 — same time and same location.
"This event is a great way to bring awareness to a very important issue in our community, and I would encourage people to come out and support this very important community awakening," said Phil Matusiewicz, P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention Services executive director.