This initiative was started in March of 2004 because of a concern expressed by community members and agencies about the incidence of family violence in Whitecourt. The philosophy from our April 20, 2004 meeting - Family Violence is unacceptable. We believe that it is necessary to reduce the incidence of family violence through awareness, support, referral and intervention. The Whitecourt Comprehensive Family Violence Initiative is part of an ongoing coordinated approach amongst agencies to ensure effective service to the public at large. By dealing with community concerns, whether they are family violence or other issues and engaging the support of the community in a variety of ways, agencies can initiate prevention and intervention programs that are beneficial to the community. One of the goals of the larger community action plan is to enhance the ease with which referrals are made to other agencies or a multi-disciplinary team to increase the ability of community members to access services in a timely fashion. We are currently planning to provide a conference about family violence in rural Alberta in April of 2007. Membership is open to anyone who would like to attend. The current stakeholders are Child and Family Services, FCSS, AADAC,, Aspen Health, Mental Health, Medical professionals, Ministerial Association, Miller Western, Community member and Wellspring. We meet once a month so please feel welcome to attend our monthly meetings.
Transcript of "Presentation To Town Councilors"
Family Violence… A Community Issue Presented by the Whitecourt Comprehensive Family Violence Initiative
About one person having Family Violence is………. Power & Control Over another person in an intimate relationship
Physical Financial Abandonment Sexual Spiritual Emotional Psychological
Children are victims of family violence when they: <ul><li>Experience it physically, emotionally or sexually </li></ul><ul><li>Hear it </li></ul><ul><li>See it </li></ul>
Between 1991 and 1999, 617 women and 165 men were killed in Canada by a current or ex-spouse.
Whitecourt RCMP Statistics for Domestic Violence in Whitecourt from October 2004 to October 2005 <ul><li>35 files that met specific description and charges laid </li></ul><ul><li>12 files that charges were laid but were withdrawn by the crown due to lack of sufficient evidence or lack of co-operation of victim </li></ul><ul><li>13 files of domestic violence with not enough evidence to charge </li></ul>
The Whitecourt Comprehensive Family Violence Initiative recognizes that in Whitecourt there is <ul><li>the need to work proactively rather than reactively </li></ul><ul><li>a need to offer services and/or treatment to both the victim(s) and the offender </li></ul><ul><li>a need to increase awareness about family violence issues in this community so that the community can take a stand against family violence </li></ul><ul><li>a lack of low income housing and transportation available for women who wish to leave abusive situations </li></ul><ul><li>because of underfunding and understaffing, a lack of specialized police services to deal with family violence issues </li></ul>
We are asking Town Councilors to <ul><li>support the initiatives put forth by the stakeholders of the Whitecourt Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>take a public stand against family violence and recognize that family violence is a community issue that is everybody’s business </li></ul><ul><li>increase funding for low income housing and transportation so that women and children will be able to afford housing when leaving a violent relationship </li></ul><ul><li>increase funding to the RCMP so there is more police time available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for educational purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to deal with family violence issues. </li></ul></ul>
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