Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Labrador seek­ing in­put from res­i­dents

The Labradorian - - Puzzles - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY [email protected]

Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Labrador (VPL) is re­struc­tur­ing to en­sure its work re­flects the needs and in­ter­ests of peo­ple in the Big Land.

“We re­cently opened our new of­fice in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay and I started as Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor in early 2018,” Pet­rina Beals said in an­swer­ing ques­tions about VPL via e-mail.

Vi­o­lence in Labrador im­pacts ev­ery­one, Beals said, and her or­ga­ni­za­tion sees the vi­o­lence on a daily ba­sis.

“Ear­lier this year, Stats Canada iden­ti­fied Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay as hav­ing the 6th high­est rate of vi­o­lence against women in the coun­try, which is a hor­ri­fy­ing statis­tic,” Beals said.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Beals, VPL has been ac­tive since the late 1990s as Labrado­ri­ans for Peace­ful Com­mu­ni­ties.

When the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment de­vel­oped a Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Ini­tia­tive, in 2006, the Labrador of­fice joined the cam­paign and be­came Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Labrador.

VPL is one of ten Re­gional Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tees in the prov­ince and the only of­fice in Labrador un­der the pro­vin­cial ini­tia­tive. VPL cov­ers the largest geo­graph­i­cal re­gion of all co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tees.

VPL sup­ports and strength­ens the prin­ci­ple of unity in di­ver­sity as a guide to pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive lead­er­ship to end vi­o­lence and pro­mote com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity build­ing in Labrador com­mu­ni­ties.

Vi­o­lence is not a new is­sue, Beals said, and there is al­ready a lot of work­ing hap­pen­ing in Labrador in terms of vi­o­lence preven­tion.

VPL’s coali­tion in­cludes vol­un­teers from like-minded groups and com­mu­nity part­ners through­out Labrador who are work­ing on vi­o­lence preven­tion ini­tia­tives.

Be­ing in­volved in the or­ga­ni­za­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to share ideas and build upon what’s work­ing, she said.

Seek­ing com­mu­nity in­put

VPL is cur­rently seek­ing in­put to help or­ga­nize its pri­or­i­ties, set a fo­cus for the com­ing year and cre­ate pos­i­tive change that will be re­flected in all com­mu­ni­ties across Labrador, Beals said.

The ques­tions in the sur­vey are de­signed to cap­ture a pic­ture of the is­sue of vi­o­lence in each com­mu­nity, she said, and to hear about what is hap­pen­ing in terms of vi­o­lence preven­tion, what the needs are and what VPL can do to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in Labrador.

“We know that there are dif­fer­ent needs in each re­gion and we are hop­ing the sur­vey will give us a good foun­da­tion to build upon.”

So far, Beals said, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­ceived a lot of re­sponse from the com­mu­nity in com­plet­ing the sur­vey.

Ide­ally, she would like to see peo­ple from all re­gions of Labrador fill out the sur­vey.

The sur­vey can be found at www. vplabrador.ca or on the Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Labrador Face­book page.

Any­one look­ing for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on VPL or would like to be a part of the coali­tion, can call 709-899-3231 or email co­or­di­na­[email protected]

“We know that there are dif­fer­ent needs in each re­gion and we are hop­ing the sur­vey will give us a good foun­da­tion to build upon.”

Pet­rina Beals, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor,

Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Labrador

CON­TRIB­UTED

Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Labrador ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pet­rina Beals.

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