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Reach Out! Speak Out! - Posted: Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 12:06 pm
We all have the right to feel safe. November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta, a time to increase awareness to create change in our communities.

Help our community by speaking out against domestic violence.Family violence includes physical, verbal, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, neglect, stalking or being kept from seeing other people or forced to stay in one place.

It takes all of us working together to support healthy relationships, safer homes and communities.

Did you know?
* Fewer than one in five (19%) of people abused by an intimate partner reported abuse to the police.
* Women are more likely to experience several violence. They are twice as likely to report being sexually assaulted, choked, or threatened with a gun or knife.
* Indigenous women are more likely to experience violence. Half of the women reported being sexually assaulted, choked, or threatened with a gun or knife.
* Home is not a safe place for everyone. Victims of domestic violence can break their lease at no cost. Visit for details.
* 9 out of 10 Albertans believe forcing your child to leave home because of their sexual orientation is a form of family violence.

November is a time we can all take action to help prevent family violence. Consider how you can make a difference.

Get involved and expose the face of domestic violence in our communities. The key to preventing family violence is raising awareness and promoting community education.

Pick up and wear your purple ribbon you will find in local businesses and at the Town office to show you support survivors of family violence and help raise awareness.

Use the hashtag #GoPurpleAB on your social media pages.

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger. Family violence is a crime.

Family Violence Information Line: 310-1818 to get help anonymously.

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