FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has declared November as Family Violence Prevention Month in New Brunswick.

“Family violence is a serious societal issue. It affects our children, friends, and colleagues and is often experienced behind closed doors,” said Premier Brian Gallant, who is also the minister responsible for women’s equality. “Too often, we hear about tragedies resulting from domestic violence, often targeted at women. It has long-term impacts on the physical and mental health of women and children.”

The recently released Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada states that violence against women is a global public health problem and human rights violation that happens simply because women are women.

“As a government, we are committed to making our province a safe place to raise a family and are committed to ending family violence,” said Gallant. “We work closely with community partners in delivering services to victims and enhancing awareness and violence prevention programs.”

The Women’s Equality Branch supports various programs and initiatives that provide much-needed services to women in this province:

  • domestic violence outreach services;
  • Second Stage Housing Program;
  • the Provincial Partnership in Action Forum;
  • Community Action Fund;
  • the Provincial Strategy on Sexual Assault Services;
  • the Concurrent Group Program for children and mothers exposed to violence; and
  • The Strategic Framework to End Violence against Wabanaki Women in New Brunswick.

Every year, the Fergusson Foundation appeals to New Brunswickers to recognize November as Family Violence Prevention Month. The foundation has been working to eliminate family violence in New Brunswick for more than 30 years by funding research on the causes of family violence and by promoting educational programs and supporting organizations that provide services to those impacted by violence and abuse.

“During November, we encourage New Brunswickers to take the first step in doing something about family violence,” said Gallant. “Acknowledge that domestic violence exists in our communities, that it is completely unacceptable, and that it will not be tolerated.”