Members of DRPS recently attended the DRIVEN (Durham Region's Intimate-relationship Violence Empowerment Network) forum held at the Children's Aid Society.
Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes, Superintendent Kim Bulloch, Domestic Violence Coordinator Sgt. Deb Anderton and Jade Harper of Victim Services joined the DRIVEN steering committee and local dignitaries for the day-long event.
Lorne Coe, Chair of the Durham Region Health and Social Services Committee opened the forum with words of support for DRIVEN. The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East spoke about the government's plan titled "It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment" released in March of 2015.
Members of the DRIVEN steering committee explained how DRIVEN was chosen to receive funding through the action plan and the positive impact it has had on the work they do in our Region. Committee member Elizabeth Pierce spoke of the future vision for Durham Region - "The Hope Centre of Durham Region," where the goal is to house numerous agencies in one location for a five-day a week program.
DRIVEN provides women with a range of services in one location. A number of agencies are available to women and their children who experience abuse and all forms of gender-based violence. By having all the agencies in one location, the emotional impact on the victim is lessened as the client doesn't have to repeat her story numerous times, nor does she have to drive to multiple locations to get the services she requires. Women have the ability to meet with as many or as few agencies as they feel would be helpful.
For more information visit www.durhamdriven.com
Jade Harper, Sgt. Anderton, MPP MacCharles and Deputy Fernandes (JPG file, 1,375.4K bytes)