Community Links raising awareness for Family Violence Prevention Month
November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta and Community Links in Airdrie will be raising awareness throughout the month.
Community Links works year-round to raise awareness about issues like family violence and bullying, but efforts amp up in November, according to Family Violence Programming Supervisor Caren Anderson.
“November is a month when we get a chance to get our name out there a bit more and give people a refresher course on the services we offer,” said Anderson.
Airdrie Community Links offers services such a counseling for victims and perpetrators of family violence, as well as group and individual programs.
This year Community Links’ PEACE (Providing Education and Awareness for a Caring Environment) Committee will be hosting its fourth annual Light the Night on Nov. 14 at the Community Links office from 7 to 9 p.m.
The event will include guest speakers from local agencies and surrounding areas such as the RCMP, the YWCA Calgary and the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club.
It will also include either a vigil or a walk to honour those who have been affected by family violence.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to family violence prevention,” said Anderson.
“It’s an issue that affects not only individuals and families but a community as a whole.”
Airdrie has had a number of high-profile domestic violence situations.
In February of 2012, a 33-year-old Airdrie mother died of multiple stab wounds inflicted by her boyfriend Rick Doucette in her home in Bayside.
In May of last year, an Airdrie couple and their toddler son were found dead in the ditch alongside a Saskatchewan rural road.
It was later confirmed that Darren Wourms, 26, shot his wife Hayley, 23, and son Cayden, 2, with a .22-calibre rifle before taking his own life.
Community Links is also promoting the 24-hour Family Violence Info Line (310-1818) which provides help to those affected by family violence in more than 170 languages.
For more information on Community Links or the Light the Night event, visit www.nrvcl.ab.ca or call 403-945-3900.