As individuals, each and every one of us has the responsibility to help create homes, communities, learning environments, and workplaces where all forms of violence and abuse are considered unacceptable.
Violence prevention is EVERYONE’S responsibility.
There are many ways that individual residents of Newfoundland and Labrador can become involved in violence prevention efforts. For example:
- Learn about the different forms of violence and abuse, as well as their health and personal impacts.
- Support and believe victims of violence. Learn how you can help as well as what organizations and professionals can provide support and assistance in your community or region.
- Register for a training program, such as the Violence Awareness and Action Training (VAAT) or Respect Aging, to raise your awareness of violence and abuse and learn how to take action against violence.
- Become involved in a violence prevention organization in your town or region. Volunteers are always needed. If you don’t have time to volunteer, consider making a donation. Donations can be contributions of funds, goods, services or other need items.
- Learn about the key violence prevention dates in Newfoundland and Labrador, such as Violence Prevention Month (February) or Sexual Violence Awareness Week (third week of September), and attend some local events or activities.
- Challenge expressions of inequality, such as sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism and classism, and celebrate the diversity that exists among us.
- Refuse to tolerate or laugh at jokes about violence or abuse. Talk to others about the seriousness of violence, and how they can be part of the solution instead.