Antigonish RCMP Media Release – Neighbours, Friends & Families Campaign

Posted on June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

Antigonish, NS – Woman abuse is a serious social problem in our community that everyone can play a role in preventing, said Cst. Michael McKenna of the Antigonish RCMP, in announcing the formation of a Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign to be delivered throughout Antigonish Town and County. The campaign, which consists of an information session coupled with public service announcements, is presented through a partnership of the RCMP, The Naomi Society for Victims of Family Violence, Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association and the Province of Nova Scotia.

Intended to foster community organizing, the Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign provides
communities and individuals with information and strategies to help prevent woman abuse, including tools and educational activities to:

1. Recognize the warning signs of woman abuse,
2. Support women and other members of the community who are impacted by woman abuse, and
3. Locate supportive resources in the community.

Nicole Mann, a counsellor with the Noami Society, cited statisitcs that indicate women in Canada who experience abuse are:

• three times more likely than male victims of abuse to fear for their life.1
• three times more likely to take time off from their everyday activities because of the abuse.1
• more than twice as likely to be injured as male victims.1

In September, 2012, Mann and Cst. McKenna together with RCMP Cst. Allison Dow and Antigonish Crime Prevention Senior Safety Coordinator Tammy Beaton attended training which enables them to co-facilitate the “Neighbours, Friends and Families” information session. The approximately one hour presentation touches on topics related to violence against women in a way that encourages frank and open discussion. To date the group has facilitated eight presentations and they are eager to add to this number in the coming months. Cst. Dow says he enjoys bringing the presentation to community groups because it is an opportunity to raise awareness among people who may not be familiar with the issues such as safety planning for women who are abused. Tammy Beaton said the presentation is important for her work in that if left unchecked, a women who is the victim of abuse often becomes a senior who is the victim of abuse. The Neighbours, Friends and Families presentation is available to community groups throughout Antigonish and Guysborough Counties.

For more information on scheduling a presentation for your group or for awareness raising and promotional materials, contact Cst. Michael McKenna at (902) 863-6500 or Nicole Mann at 863-3807 or visit the Neighbours, Friends and Families website at www.nsdomesticviolence.ca

Cst. Michael McKenna
RCMP Antigonish Detachment
(902) 863-6500
michael.mckenna@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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