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February is Violence Prevention Month in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence (BPVAV) partners gathered at the Fortune Municipal Centre for a proclamation signing to recognize February as Violence Prevention Month. Pictured (from left), with Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell seated, are RCMP Cst. Mark Jenkins, Grand Bank Town Clerk Cathy Follett, BPVAV regional coordinator Paula Mallay, Donna Piercey of the College of the North Atlantic and Charlene Evans of Child, Youth and Family Services. BPVAV is one of 10 Violence Prevention Regional Coordinating Committees in the province. Photo Submitted

Throughout the month, the provincial government and community groups will continue to raise awareness about the issue of violence and encourage residents to take action against it.

Lead minister for the Violence Prevention Initiative Charlene Johnson indicated “Violence prevention is everyone’s responsibility. I encourage everyone to get involved in violence prevention activities in their regions in order to help reduce, and ultimately end, violence.”

Mrs. Johnson attended a celebration awards dinner Friday in Heart’s Content for ‘This Little Light’ poster contest, which aims to prevent violence in schools.

Students, parents, teachers and community representatives joined the minister as she signed a proclamation declaring February as Violence Prevention Month throughout the province.

“Violence prevention is a priority of this government. Throughout February, we will be running our ‘OutrageNL Campaign’, which encourages residents to reach out and take action against youth violence, as well as the Respect Women Campaign on local media outlets.

“We are asking all residents to show their support for Violence Prevention Month by wearing purple ribbon pins and placing a purple ribbon magnet on their vehicles.”

Regional coordinating committees, such as the Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence, are also planning events and activities in an effort to heighten awareness about violence.

The provincial government’s Violence Prevention Initiative is a six-year, multi-departmental, government-community partnership to find long-term solutions to violence against those most at risk. Over the past year, a comprehensive consultation and evaluation process has been completed on the first phase of the Violence Prevention Initiative.

The Phase II Action Plan is currently being finalized.

For more information about the Violence Prevention Initiative, visit ‘www.gov.nl.ca/vpi’.

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