The Mounties are teaming up with Camrose Women’s Shelter Society as well as Leduc and District Victim Services to hold a family violence information session at the Leduc Public Library as part of recognising November as Family Violence Prevention month.
Leduc RCMP public information officer Constable Cheri-Lee Smith said they’re using the Cut It Out presentation, which Smith said was originally developed for people working in hair salons.
“That being said, it is something that is extremely valuable to anybody in any profession. Family, friends, if they are receiving some sort of a family violence disclosure, this will give them information on how to receive that and how to respond and provide support to someone who is dealing with some sort of family violence in their relationship.” said Smith.
Smith said it is very difficult for victims to come forward to talk about abuse.
“There are times where it takes someone a few times to feel comfortable to open up and to disclose if they have been a victim of family violence. So really, we’re hoping this is an opportunity for people who are receiving that information to respond appropriately and to provide support and help that victim to feel supported and encourage disclosing that information.
“We are inviting anyone in the community or surrounding area to come out and join us. There will be an opportunity for some refreshments and conversation following the presentation.” said Smith
The event is Thursday, Nov 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Smith said space is limited to 50 seats and asks that you send an email to sign up to attend.
Other partners working on this event include City of Leduc Family Resource Network and Family Community Support Services as well as RiseUp Society Alberta.