How to Start
Communities that are interested in organizing a local campaign can receive concrete support in getting started. You are able to receive free campaign products (brochures, safety cards, kit, training documentary, TV public service announcements). These products are funded from the Ontario government, Office of Women’s Issues.
In order to raise public awareness of the campaign brochures and safety cards have already been distributed across the province. You may already find them in your community at places like:
- Public Libraries
- The Liquor Control Board of Ontario
- Government offices
- Local violence against women service providers (Shelters, Partner Assault Response programs, Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services, Victim/Witness Assistance program and women’s centres)
- Early Years Centres
- Public Health Units
Despite this work, there are still things that can be done to raise awareness of the warning signs of woman abuse in your community.
Here are some different approaches you can take:
1. Work with your Coordinating Committee
Local Community Coordinating Committees (made up of community agencies providing services to women who are abused such as shelters and other women services providers) are great vehicles to lead a Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign. You can approach a member agency and express your willingness to work to bring the campaign to your community or to work in the local campaign, if it is already underway. It is possible that in some communities there are no Coordinating Committees or agencies providing services to women. If this is the case, approach other local community services available (Community Centres, Family Counselling Centres, etc.) and talk to them about the campaign and how they can help you get started. Remember that you will be supported by the Provincial campaign along the way.
2. Work with your Public Health Unit
3. Access Additional Funding
Refer to Funding Sources for funding options.