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#OneIdeaNL violence prevention campaign launched


A social media and awareness campaign, aimed at preventing violence, will be taking place this month for Violence Prevention Month 2016.

The Coalition Against Violence, Avalon East, Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL, and more than 40 community and government agencies have launched the campaign.

It’s described in a news release as a challenge for people around the province to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to share “What’s Your One Idea to Help Stop Violence?”

The campaign will culminate with a workshop for violence prevention stakeholders on Feb. 29 titled, “One Idea NL: Innovative and Collaborative Approaches to Violence Prevention in NL.”

Along with these activities, the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL will collaborate with about 20 organizations throughout the province, interviewing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about their understanding of violence.

“We need to continue to bring awareness to the issue of violence, particularly the more subtle forms we often tend to overlook or normalize within our communities, such as discrimination and harassment”, said Catherine Dwyer, executive director of the Coalition Against Violence Avalon East. “The purpose of the social media campaign and awareness project is to engage everyone around the province in violence prevention efforts. We want to hear from you! What’s one thing you can do? From that, we really hope to continue the conversation as stakeholders and collaborate on our violence prevention efforts such that we maximize our collective impact.”

The news release also quotes Linda Ross, president of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women: — “By asking Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of different ages, genders and backgrounds to think about what the word violence means to them and how they can help stop violence, we want to bring awareness to the ways in which each and every one of us can have a positive impact on helping stop violence.”

And, Nicole Kieley, executive director of the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre: — “A key step towards successful violence prevention is acknowledging and understanding the impact of all forms of violence in our communities, says  “Sexual harassment, for example, is a very prevalent form of violence that can have a severe impact on the life of the person experiencing it.”

For more information on these initiatives, you can follow on Twitter @CAVAvalonEast, visit www.facebook.com/CoalitionAgainstViolenceAvalonEast/ and www.pacsw.ca.

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