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2014 TAV Workshop A Success

Our "Together Against Violence" community workshop kicking off the 16 Days of Activism on Gender Violence and Purple Lights campaign. Thank you to everyone for your commitment and dedication to make the Cowichan Valley a safe place for all!

Photos by Ken Diewert

CWAVS' Social Action committee hosted our 2nd annual "Together Against Violence" community workshop kicking off the 16 Days of Activism on Gender Violence and our Purple Light Nights campaign Nov. 25th - Dec. 10th.

This was an opportunity to talk about how the Cowichan Valley, a community that proudly embraces inclusivity, diversity, and social justice, could work together to increase safety for all. In the first 9 months of 2014 British Columbia stood witness to a brutal outbreak of domestic violence murders, attempted murders and suicides that left 20 people dead - 13 women, 6 men, one child, another 11 seriously injured. There are 60,000 cases of domestic and sexual violence in B.C. each year. Duncan has the highest rates per capita of relationship violence in BC. Families are struggling with the impact of spousal abuse and removal of children into foster care because of relationship violence. Children, moms, dads, and partners living in abusive relationships need us to join together as the strong, healthy, vibrant community we are - and we did!

We discussed local initiatives aimed at reducing gender violence, explored our attitudes towards women in abusive relationships and how our attitudes can create barriers for both men and women, we became more than a bystander to domestic violence, and we welcomed men as allies and role models.

Thank you to everyone for your commitment and dedication to make the Cowichan Valley a safe place for all!

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