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November is Family Violence Prevention Month (NFVPM)
|November is Family Violence Prevention Month. Click here to download Declaration.|
Understanding Family Violence
Family violence is one of the most serious social problems facing society today. It is widespread in New Brunswick and throughout the rest of Canada, affecting 51% of Canadian women over the age of 16. Family violence includes the abuse of children, youth, older persons, spouses or partners and the disabled. It can take a variety of forms including physical assault, sexual, emotional, spiritual and financial abuse. Threats to harm or kill animals or pets are often part of the pattern of family violence.
- 27 women have been killed in New Brunswick in acts of domestic homicide as of February 2005, 3 of these occurred prior to 1990.
- 109 women and 12 men were killed in Canada by estranged partners between 1997-2001.
- In 59% of spousal homicides, police were aware of a history of family violence.
- 2,132 women and children sought shelter from family violence in New Brunswick in 2001-2002.
- 101,248 women and children sought shelter from family violence in Canada in 2001-2002.
- 22% of victims of wife assault have never told anyone of their experience.
- Only 41% of female victims seek any type of social assistance.
- Only 38% of female victims report the crime to the police.
- 25% of all violent crimes reported to police in 2001 involved family violence.
- 47% of victims of criminal harassment offenses in 2001 were partners/spouses.
- Women are five times more likely to be injured by family violence than men.
|Margaret Ann Blaney, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister Premier David Alward, Therese Murray, MMFF, Executive Director, , Marilyn Abbott Charters, MMFF President.|
WHEREAS The consequences of family violence affect all of us; and
WHEREAS family violence includes abuse of children and youth, of older persons, of a partner or persons with disabilities; and
WHEREAS it can take a number of forms: physical assault, emotional and sexual abuse; and
WHEREAS family violence is one of the most insidious, widespread social issues in our society; and
WHEREAS the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation, a charitable trust, was established to fund research into the causes, incidence and forms of treatment of family violence as well as to promote and sponsor effective public education programs to counter widespread ignorance of the problem;
THEREFORE I, David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, declare the month of November 2010:
“FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH”
in the Province of New Brunswick and urge all citizens to acknowledge the work of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation and all others who strive to end family violence
Signed, Premier David Alward
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Share Your Activities
The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Inc. is inviting organizations big and small alike to help in the recognition and elimination of family violence. The Foundation provides funding to help develop effective methods of teaching children and adults non¬violent strategies for dealing with frustrations and disappointments inherent to life. By contributing to this worthy cause you can help break the silence that many New Brunswickers face on a daily basis.
Dressing Down for Family Violence
By Dressing Down for Family Violence, you can help shed light on this important social issue. It as simple as:
1. Picking a Dress Down Day (Fridays usually work well)
2. Ask employees who dress down on those day to pay $2.00
3. Or you may choose to donate $5.00 a week or $10.00 for the entire month
If November is not an option for your organization, choose a time that is more convenient for you. No time is ever too late to help others.
Complete the above form and fax it to (506) 472-5084 and we will send everything you need for a successful Dress Down Day!
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