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Released on January 10, 2022
The Government of Saskatchewan has launched the second phase of a public awareness campaign to address interpersonal violence and abuse. The campaign was produced through a partnership between the ministries of Justice and Attorney General and Corrections, Policing and Public Safety, along with the Status of Women Office.
The campaign theme, Face the Issue, focuses on addressing the underlying attitudes, behaviours and beliefs that contribute to interpersonal violence. The second phase of the campaign is meant to build awareness and provide information about the different forms abusive behaviour can take. It features a video with three vignettes of women in different situations involving interpersonal violence and abuse. The video will launch on major television stations and social media platforms beginning Monday, January 10. The online videos will also be translated into Cree, Dene and French.
"Interpersonal violence and abuse is a complex issue, and this second phase of the campaign is meant to raise awareness that there are many different forms and signs of interpersonal violence," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. "We need to make it clear that as a society we won't tolerate interpersonal violence or excuse the language and behaviours that contribute to it."
"Ending violence in our communities is a shared responsibility," Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said. "This campaign encourages people to recognize interpersonal violence and abuse and speak up against it, as we aim to create a safer Saskatchewan."
"Many people are affected by interpersonal violence and abuse," Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Office Laura Ross said. "Women continue to be overrepresented, and we need to change how we address it as a community. That is why this campaign is so important. It educates and asks people to learn about the different controls of interpersonal violence and to continue their awareness and the conversations across our province."
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing resources to reduce and prevent interpersonal violence and abuse through legislation, protocols, policies, programs, and services. In 2021-22, the ministries of Justice and Attorney General and Corrections, Policing and Public Safety provided $22.5 million in funding for a range of prevention and intervention services for victims, children and offenders to reduce the impact of interpersonal violence.
Over the past year, the province has developed several new tools and services to address violence and support victims, including:
Visit facetheissue.ca to learn more about available supports and what you can do to help support survivors of interpersonal violence.
For more information, contact:Noel Busse
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