Statistics show that on average, every six days in Canada, a woman is murdered by her spouse. Aboriginal women experience violence at twice the rate of non-Aboriginal women and are almost seven times more vulnerable to homicide. On any given day, over 8200 women and their children are living in emergency shelters and transition houses to escape violence in Canada.
In an effort to increase the level of awareness about Domestic Violence, the Saint John Police Force will be promoting the following two campaigns.
1. PURPLE RIBBON CAMPAIGN:
A purple ribbon with a Canadian Flag pinned to it will be available on Monday, November 3, 2014. The colour purple represents Courage (think of the Purple Heart) and the Canadian Flag represents unity across our Nation as we stand together, against Domestic Violence.
Although there is no cost for the purple ribbons, a donation would be gratefully accepted. Should you wish to receive a pin to wear or distribute to family, friends and colleagues, please contact me. They will also be available in the lobby of ONE Peel Plaza.
2. WRAPPED IN COURAGE PURPLE SCARF CAMPAIGN:
This idea has been adopted from Ontario and may become a National Campaign.
Scarves will be available, for a minimum donation of $10, beginning on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 and can be purchased in the lobby of ONE Peel Plaza or by contacting me.
Please help us demonstrate that we all want to Believe, Inspire, and Give to support women who deserve to live free of violence and abuse. By purchasing and wearing a scarf, you are showing that you care and that want to work toward ending domestic violence. You will also inspire women and children to know they are not alone in their struggle to be free.
All of the proceeds from both Campaigns will be donated to our local Transition House for Women and Children who are victims of Family Violence. Please take the time to pick up a pin or purchase a scarf and to wear them proudly to let others know that “THE COURAGE OF A WOMAN IS NOT ENOUGH” and that THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE!
Cst. Les Drost
Saint John Police Force
Family Protection Unit