Lo­cal stu­dents guided through the cor­ri­dors of con­ju­gal vi­o­lence

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The Brome-mis­sisquoi con­sul­ta­tion com­mit­tee to counter vi­o­lence against women (La Ta­ble de con­cer­ta­tion pour con­trer la vi­o­lence faite aux femmes) launched a mul­ti­me­dia ex­hibit in Granby ear­lier this month on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The ex­hibit, a 12 me­tre by 8 me­tre labyrinth, opened on April 5 and is housed at the Cen­tre Jean-paul Régim­bal in Granby.

Serv­ing as an ed­u­ca­tional tool to point out the warn­ing signs of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, its cy­cle, its evo­lu­tion, the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of the vi­o­lence and the ways of get­ting out of it, the art in­stal­la­tion was made avail­able to stu­dents in Sec­ondary IV and V from the Val-des-cerfs and Eastern Town­ships School Boards.

Roughly 800 stu­dents were ex­pected to visit the ex­hibit, which will close this Fri­day, April 20.

Sev­eral an­i­ma­tors and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the lo­cal po­lice force, were on site to of­fer a guided bilin­gual tour of the mul­ti­me­dia ex­hibit to stu­dents.

The in­stal­la­tion was de­signed to real­is­ti­cally por­tray the life of a young cou­ple the same age as the stu­dents, al­low­ing them rec­og­nize a toxic re­la­tion­ship through videos, spe­cial ef­fects and the re­con­struc­tion of sets. The ul­ti­mate goal is to pre­vent and re­duce cases of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as early as pos­si­ble.

The ex­hibit was first de­signed in Sague­nay-lac-st-jean in 2008, with the in­ten­tion of cir­cu­lat­ing in Que­bec schools. The labyrinth stopped in Hauteya­maska this past De­cem­ber and Jan­uary and was viewed by 1650 young peo­ple, who came out more in­formed and more equipped to talk about the is­sue.

Since it was cre­ated ten years ago, com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions have re­marked the ex­hibit had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on young peo­ple. Bromont artist Clau­dia Bou­vette was in­volved in the pre­vi­ous tour of the ex­hibit and agreed to be the spokesper­son for the ini­tia­tive a sec­ond time.

"It is quite nat­u­ral for me to re­peat my in­volve­ment, es­pe­cially in my home re­gion. My per­sonal tes­ti­mony has echoes in Haute-ya­maska al­ready. If it can help oth­ers, I want to con­tinue re­in­forc­ing the mes­sage to share: Zero tol­er­ance of dat­ing and mar­i­tal vi­o­lence. It is es­sen­tial for me to get in­volved, hav­ing al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced a form of in­tim­i­da­tion in a past ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship," Bou­vette said.

The con­sul­ta­tion com­mit­tee to counter vi­o­lence against women fo­cuses col­lec­tively on com­mon ob­jec­tives cen­tered on the fol­low­ing themes:

De­vel­op­ing a lan­guage and a shared vi­sion of the prob­lem of vi­o­lence against women.

En­sur­ing the safety of fe­male vic­tims of vi­o­lence through ser­vices in the re­gion.

Preven­tion women.

Es­tab­lish­ing struc­tures that al­low ser­vices, of vi­o­lence against train­ing and aware­ness-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove in­ter­ven­tions with women.

Pro­vid­ing ref­er­ences to psy­choso­cial sup­port ser­vices for women and their chil­dren who are vic­tims of vi­o­lence to ap­pro­pri­ate re­sources through a ref­er­ence pro­to­col.

CRÉDIT PHOTO RESERVACOM

Left to right: Gail Kelso, Sylvie Cor­beil, Gayl Rhi­card, Clau­dia Bou­vette, Kath­eryne Au­clair , Stéphanie Le­may, lieu­tenant Vin­cent Gau­thier and Marc Trem­blay.

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