Shine the Light cam­paign puts spot­light on end­ing vi­o­lence against women

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS -

Mon­day, the Ottawa Coali­tion to End Vi­o­lence Against Women (OCTEVAW), in part­ner­ship with the Ottawa Po­lice Ser­vice, launched the Shine the Light cam­paign to in­crease com­mu­nity aware­ness about vi­o­lence against women and girls.

"Shine the Light is about en­gag­ing peo­ple in break­ing the si­lence on vi­o­lence against women. I t en­cour­ages com­mu­nity mem­bers to build their aware­ness, and speak out about vi­o­lence against women," said Erin Leigh, event co­or­di­na­tor and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of OCTEVAW.

In 2012, there were 4382 do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents re­ported to the Ottawa Po­lice Ser­vice (OPS); the vast ma­jor­ity were re­ported by women.

First started in Lon­don, On­tario in 2010, this is its sec­ond year the cam­paign is be­ing held in Ottawa. The lo­cal ini­tia­tive will en­gage with the City of Ottawa and lo­cal busi­nesses on El­gin Street to show­case the colour pur­ple through light bulbs, posters, rib­bons and win­dow de­cals.

"We are pleased to part­ner with OCTEVAW on this im­por­tant com­mu­nity is­sue," said Ottawa Po­lice Chief Charles Borde­leau. "Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence con­tin­ues to be a top pri­or­ity for our or­ga­ni­za­tion and we want the com­mu­nity to see that it is not ac­cept­able, not tol­er­ated and there is help avail­able." The cam­paign, which runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 6, 2013, is part of ‘Women Abuse Preven­tion Month’ ini­tia­tives in On­tario.

White Rib­bon Cam­paign

The 2013 White Rib­bon Cam­paign to end vi­o­lence a g a i ns t women r uns si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the Shine the Light ini­ta­tive.

The White Rib­bon Cam­paign is a world­wide ef­fort to elim­i­nate men’s vi­o­lence against women. Ev­ery­one, men in par­tic­u­lar, are urged to wear a white rib­bon start­ing on Nov.25, the In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women un­til Dec.6, Canada’s Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance and Ac­tion on Vi­o­lence Against Women.

"End­ing vi­o­lence against women is one of my top pri­or­i­ties and I am pleased to have our mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in this ini­tia­tive," said Chief Charles Borde­leau. "This cam­paign aims to raise aware­ness about vi­o­lence against women and sends an im­por­tant mes­sage that it is un­ac­cept­able and won’t be tol­er­ated."

Photo: Archvies

The white rib­bon sym­bol­izes sup­port­ing end­ing vi­o­lence against women

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