April 30, 2012
The Silent Epidemic
RCMP to host
free domestic abuse information series May 9 - June 13
Released by Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Voice file photo
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment - Chilliwack Detachment is pleased
to present public information sessions surrounding Domestic Violence in the
Community. Area service providers will present each week, detailing the vast
array of services available to ensure Victims of Domestic Violence,
including women and all vulnerable persons, have access to the services that
can assist them.
One in four families is impacted by violence, regardless of culture,
socio-economic conditions, faith or education. Domestic violence and abuse
does not discriminate, but it often escalates. It can be physical,
emotional, sexual or verbal and is often used as a weapon of control and
intimidation by a spouse or ex-spouse. If you or someone you know is being
abused, help is available - do not wait. (Reference - Domestic Violence/VictimLink
The public information sessions are free of charge and will be held at
Chilliwack Community Services located at 45938 Wellington Avenue in
RCMP Corporal Barb Vincent will host the sessions which run for six
consecutive weeks, beginning May 9 and running each Wednesday from 10:30 AM
to 12:00 PM until June 13.
The first public information session will be held May 9 from 10:30 - 12:00
at Chilliwack Community Services boardroom. The presenters that day will be
the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Fraser Valley
Children and Family Services Society.
Key topics the Fraser Valley Children and Family Services Society will cover
include how intimate partner violence can impact children and become a child
protection issue, how to make a report and how domestic violence calls are
handled. Traditional counselors who work with families are available as well
as family enhancement workers through the Fraser Valley Children and Family
Key topics the Ministry of Children and Family Development will cover
include an explanation of the assessment process when a call is made to MCF
and the MCF response to domestic violence in a home when children are
present. The Ministry of Children and Family Development will also discuss
the referral system from their agency to area service providers and the
transfer of cases to the Fraser Valley Children and Family Services Society.
Presenters for the following five weeks include Ann Davis Transition
Society, Ann Davis Transition House, Xolhemet Society, Chilliwack Community
Services, Mennonite Central Committee, RCMP and RCMP Victim Services.
If you have any questions please direct them to Corporal Barb Vincent of the
Chilliwack RCMP @ (604) 702-4001.
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