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Take a stand against domestic violence

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While these events make a big splash in the media, there are many more women and children who live with fear every day. It is a fundamental value in our society that women and children have the right to live free of violence and control, safe in their homes and communities. And yet we have so many families where power and control are exercised in ways that create emotional and physical pain for women and children and rob our society of the contributions of those women and children. We see every day in the newspapers the violence in other countries against women and children; it is difficult to avoid knowing about the level of abuse women and children endure in other countries. However, it is much easier to miss the serious nature of abuse women and children experience here in Canada in their own families.

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the families that are being affected by family violence right here in our community. In 2011, the three Northumberland police services responded to 537 domestic violence calls, an increase over 2010 which had them attending 439 domestic violence calls. Each of those calls involved two people, and often Mbt Shoes

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Nationally and internationally many people and organizations work to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women and children. November was Woman Assault Prevention Month. The 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign began on Nov. 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends today, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women marking the Montreal Massacre of 1989.

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In Ontario alone between October 2011 and November 2012, 26 people lost their lives in domestic homicides. For example, in September a school principal was murdered by her partner who then apparently took his own life. It has been reported that the couple relationship was poor Skechers Trainers and that she was considering leaving him. Often, as in this case, we hear from neighbours and friends that they were nice people, and that the homicide/suicide came as a shock. When people think about who might be the victims of family violence and domestic homicide, it is much easier to imagine a stereotypical situation where poverty and drugs is involved than when there are professional people in a nice neighbourhood. Yet family violence exists in all strata of society regardless of ethnicity, culture, religion, socio economic status or education level.

children were present. Consider how many family members and friends would be affected by each of those couples because they love or care about them. Family Violence is a problem in our community just like everywhere else. Please educate yourself on the topic and join us in taking a stand against violence in intimate relationships.

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If you or someone you know is affected by abuse, call Cornerstone crisis line (905 372 0746) for information and support. Want to donate your time and talent? Call our volunteer co ordinator, Heather, at 905 372 1545 extension 236.

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