History of Family Violence Prevention Month
November Is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton where four remarkable Albertans, Katherine Kennedy, Sonja Bennett, Faye Wheeler and Glenda Carter, formed The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence and launched Alberta’s very first family violence education and prevention campaign. The Society’s goals were to draw public attention to the issue and to evoke positive change in their community. This led to expanding local supports and services for individuals and families in the areas of prevention, protection and rehabilitation. At a time when family violence was never talked about publicly, these courageous women inspired the Alberta Legislature to proclaim every November, Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. Today their legacy continues. Alberta government is committed to ending family violence. But, we can’t do this alone. It takes all of us working together to promote healthy relationships and safe communities in our province.
This year’s theme, #WhereToTurn, encourages you to learn what resources are available in your community to support those affected by family violence.
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association stands up with Alberta communities and thousands of individuals who are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services through #WhereToTurn campaign led by Alberta government. All Albertans – women and men, girls and boys – are showing their support by hosting a #GoPurpleAB event in their communities, at work or at school during the month of November.
Show your support! #GoPurpleAB in November!