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Domestic Violence doesn’t take a break for the holidays

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In fact, there’s a great deal of evidence to suggest that domestic abuse increases over the season.  Triggers can include financial worries, increased alcohol consumption, family pressures and expectations as well as the simple fact that people are off work and spend more time with those close to them.

Domestic violence not only affects victims.  It impacts their family, friends and neighbours too.  If you know someone you think may be in an abusive relationship, you can take steps to help them get through the holidays safely.

Montreal Massacre Remembered

Image of memorial listing names of victimsOn December 6th this year, we will remember them – the 14 women gunned down 25 years ago at the Université de Montréal simply because of their gender.  There will be sadness and regret for personal loss but December 6th is also a reminder of the need to take action around the world to end violence against women. 

How will you mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence?

The 16 Days Campaign begins on November 25th each year.  Founded in 1991, the Campaign has enjoyed the support of more than 5,000 organizations in 187 countries.  Stretching from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th, the 16 Days Campaign runs until December 10th – Human Rights Day.

 

Promoting Change Through Education

The Neighbours Friends and Families campaign promotes change through education. Education passes our aims in life and our ways of acting and interacting from one generation to the next. Generally, we learn though any experience that has a formative effect on the way we think, feel, or act. In a narrower, more technical sense, education is a formal organized process which deliberately transmits accumulated knowledge, skills, customs and values from one generation to another.

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