“Vi­o­lence is chang­ing’’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ISLAND WEEKEND -

Danya O’Mal­ley, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the P.E.I. Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Ser­vices, has seen a shift in the vi­o­lence Is­land women suf­fer. “Vi­o­lence is chang­ing,’’ says O’Mal­ley.

“It’s be­come more sub­tle, more ver­bal, more emo­tional.’’

“It’s not so­cially ac­cept­able for your wife to go around with vis­i­ble in­juries,’’ she adds. “We know that that is not OK now. Peo­ple will ask ques­tions in a way that they didn’t used to.’’ O’Mal­ley says Is­lan­ders are be­com­ing more com­fort­able ap­proach­ing a per­son that they fear is be­ing abused or in seek­ing help on a per­son’s be­half. “We get third party calls all the time on our cri­sis line,’’ she says. “I think we’re get­ting to an in­ter­est­ing point in time where peo­ple feel com­pelled to in­ter­vene and that’s good.’’

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