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|Provincial Caring Partnerships|
Provincial Caring Partnerships http://www.violencepreventionnb.org
Caring Partnerships is a network of New Brunswick communities that are taking grassroots action to inform and educate the public about family violence issues and solutions. Each community has created partnerships among local groups, businesses, service clubs, social agencies and individuals who are concerned about family violence and its insidious and widespread effects throughout society. The Provincial Caring Partnership Committee (PCPC), which is comprised of dedicated, volunteer representatives from provincial agencies and government departments, acts as a catalyst to keep communities motivated and connected. PCPC offers the following services and resources:
Resource Materials on Family Violence Awareness and Prevention:
PCPC has produced a Caring Community Start-up Kit with a Community Development Handbook and a Media Guide. The Kit helps communities develop action plans and local responses to create awareness of family violence issues and work towards prevention. PCPC also has a newsletter and a motivational video called Reaching In, Reaching Out.
Provincial Conference on Family Violence Prevention:
Every two years, as resources permit, PCPC offers a free provincial conference on family violence with dynamic guest speakers on a range of topics, profiles of better practices from participating communities, networking opportunities and sharing of resources.
Networking, Support and Sharing:
Our goal is to support communities in their efforts to eradicate family violence and to help everyone stay connected. PCPC and caring communities representatives are often available to travel around the province to make presentations, help communities start their own caring community, and encourage existing family violence-related groups to join the caring community network. By keeping communities linked and sharing emerging best practices, we can all learn from one another.
Website – www.violencepreventionnb.org :
PCPC offers a website with information on the caring communities and easy access to all our resources. (Currently looking for volunteers to update and enhance the site!)
Provincial Caring Partnerships Committee
c/o Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation
P.O. Box 50 000
Fredericton, NB E3B 6C2
The Silent Witness Project
Silent Witness National Initiative
The Silent Witness Project remembers and honours women killed in acts of domestic homicide in New Brunswick by building life-size red wooden silhouettes to represent each woman who lost her life at the hands of a husband, common-law partner, boyfriend or intimate acquaintance. Started in the USA, New Brunswick is the first Canadian province to establish a Silent Witness project. The Organizing Committee is made up of representatives of four organizations and together they offer the following bilingual services:
Silent Witness Travelling Exhibit
The silhouettes can travel to family violence related events, workshops, and conferences around New Brunswick and elsewhere. If you wish to borrow the silhouettes, you are responsible for their travel costs. Booking criteria and application forms are available – place your request early as the silhouettes are in high demand.
Presentations and Speakers
The Organizing Committee would be pleased to attend your event and deliver a free presentation about the project (although we may require assistance with our travel costs). We may also be able to help you find speakers on family violence topics.
|Bilingual Silent Witness car magnets $5 each now available|
Assistance in Creating a Silhouette
Whether you wish to build a silhouette for a woman in your community killed by her partner, or simply donate a silhouette to the project, we would be pleased to work with you.
Silhouette Dedication Ceremonies
When appropriate, we can work with families and local communities, who have created a silhouette, to help with a dedication ceremony to welcome the silhouette into the exhibit.
CD (“I’ll Stand in the Rain”) and Promotional Items
You can purchase the English and French Silent Witness Song on a CD for $10. Other Silent Witness promotional items may be available as well.
Contact SW Organizing Committee for further information.
Canadian National Silent Witness Guide
We have produced a free guide for groups across Canada interested in starting a Silent Witness project in their own province or territory. It explains how to get going, offers tips on developing partnerships, and shares a wealth of information.
Contact the NB Silent Witness Organizing Committee:
Charlotte County Family Violence Committee; Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research; Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation; and Provincial Caring Partnerships Committee.
For more information on the Silent Witness project, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Family Violence: It's Your Business (A Workplace Toolkit)|
It’s Your Business
Family Violence: It’s Your Business (A Workplace Toolkit) is intended to provide employers, unions and employees with information and resources for recognizing and responding to family violence situations that enter the workplace. The purpose of this Toolkit is to help New Brunswick businesses take action to address family violence and its impact on the workplace. This Toolkit is appropriate for unionized and non-unionized workplaces, business owners, managers, and employees. It can be used in large and small business, rural or urban work places, and across all sectors.
Specifically, the objectives of the Toolkit are:
- To educate and raise awareness of the need for early intervention in situations where family violence may have an impact on the workplace;
- To develop practical, flexible training tools that will help employers deal with the impact of family violence on the workplace;
- To strengthen the relationship between business and community;
- To promote practices, policies, and procedures that support victims of family violence in the workplace;
- To help create safer and healthier work environments;
- To support businesses large and small in meeting their social responsibility to prevent family violence from spilling over into the workplace.
The Toolkit was created in a modular fashion. Depending on your workplace, you can use the Toolkit in various ways by incorporating appropriate elements into your own business or work environment as required. Some workplaces, such as those that have Employee Assistance Programs, may simply adapt existing policies or practices to include family violence sensitive provisions. Some may wish to focus on public education and staff training. Still others may choose to use all of the materials. No matter how you use this Toolkit, we hope that it will contribute to a healthier, safer and more productive workplace.
You can use the Toolkit to help:
(1) Develop or adapt supportive policies, practices and programs that deal with family violence when it enters the workplace. The Toolkit offers model family violence policies, and suggests programs and protocols for employee safety that can be used to support employees when family violence spills into the workplace.
(2) Deliver public education about family violence and create a positive workplace. The Toolkit includes Fact Sheets with background information and key messages about family violence that you can share with your employees.
(3) Become a good corporate citizen. One way to show that you care about employees experiencing abuse is for your business to support agencies in your community that provide social services to victims. The Toolkit offers many examples of the unique and innovative ways some employers have contributed in their communities. The Toolkit provides many practical and concrete suggestions for the development of short and long-term actions and responses to family violence when it enters the workplace. You can use the information (fact sheets, posters and messages) in the toolkit; or, you can make use of the information directly from our Internet site at www.toolkitnb.ca
For further information:
The New Brunswick Family Violence and the Workplace Committee
c/o Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Fax: (506) 462-5193