Lloydminster’s Interval Home is hoping to raise awareness during Family Violence Prevention Month.
City Hall has declared November the month to combat the issue, and the Interval Home will be promoting awareness by placing ten red silhouettes in four locations around the city, with stories printed on them of domestic abuse.
Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, executive director of the Interval Home Society says she hopes the campaign will teach people more about how to respond to family violence.
“Family violence is an issue in the city of Lloydminster,” said Rooks-Trotzuk, “and it will continue to be so. But I think what people can do is actually learn about family violence, learn what to look for if they’re suspecting that, and how to support people in family violence, and just to know that, the Lloydminster Interval Home is here to support people that need that help.”
The campaign was held for the first time last year, and Rooks-Trotzuk says it was very effective.
“When we did measure the results after last year, we did see high results in positive change in understanding about family violence, and understanding that it is an issue in our community,” Rooks-Trotzuk said. “So, that was a message to us that what we did last year did work. We heard lots of comments about the red people, so that was pretty neat. We knew that people were paying attention.”
Rooks-Trotzuk also says that family violence is especially prevalent in the region, with Saskatchewan ranking first among Canadian provinces in family violence rates, and Alberta ranking 4th.