Sgt. Deb Anderton joined the Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham and Survivor Advocacy Committee of Durham to kick off the Woman Abuse Prevention Month activities across the Region.
The event was held at the YWCA Adelaide House in Oshawa and began with a proclamation from Mayor John Henry. A tree was lit purple and will remain so for the entire month of November as a part of the Shine the Light campaign. The goal is to alight Durham Region in purple to raise awareness of the fight to end violence against women.
Sgt. Anderton spoke to the crowd about her experiences as the DRPS Domestic Violence Coordinator. On average, DRPS responds to 13 domestic calls for service a day. Sgt. Anderton has seen firsthand the violence that is involved in some of these calls. Abuse survivors at the event also addressed the need to speak out against violence against women and girls. The key theme from everyone is this is not just a women's issue; it's a human rights issue. In order to effect change, communities must come together to support each other and not tolerate the violence in any way.
As a part of the Shine the Light campaign, businesses and institutions are being asked to light their buildings purple. All DRPS Divisions will be lit purple at night for the month of November. Residents are being asked to wear purple and paint their nails purple (even men are taking part with a purple nail on their ring finger).
Some of the efforts to promote November as Woman Abuse Prevention Month include:
Wrapped in Courage Campaign: Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) is selling purple scarves at local shelters in support of ending violence against women and children with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local women shelters! For more information: http://wrappedincourage.wix.com/wrappedincourage
White Ribbon Campaign: This is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. Each year, men and boys in Canada are urged to wear a ribbon starting on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women until December 6, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. For more information:
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: This is an international campaign linking violence against women to human rights. It links November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day). Also included in the 16 days are November 29 (International Women Human Rights Defenders Day), December 1 (World AIDS Day) and December 6 (the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre).
For more information about Shine the Light in Durham, visit: http://survivorcommittee.wix.com/shinethelight
Sgt Anderton Addresses the Crowd (JPG file, 532.7K bytes)
Mayor John Henry Makes a Proclamation Naming November Month to End Violence Against Women (JPG file, 1,217.2K bytes)
Tree lit purple for Shine the Light (JPG file, 1,171.3K bytes)
Wrapped in Courage Scarves (JPG file, 173.1K bytes)
DRPS Officer with White Ribbon (JPG file, 602.1K bytes)