May 27, 2016
Victoria, BC…. Makenna Rielly, Executive Director of Victoria Women’s Transition House, announced today the creation of a domestic abuse awareness TV-spot for Victoria Women’s Transition House to air during national Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 29-Saturday, June 4, 2016.
The Faces of Domestic Abuse
Titled “The Faces of Domestic Abuse”, the 15 and 30-second spots profile images of women of diverse ages and ethnicities who are impacted by domestic abuse. The spots identify common types of domestic abuse such as physical violence, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse and gives information for survivors and their families on where to get help in the community. Created by Victoria’s Alisa Kerr and High Def Productions, the spots will air on local TV stations and via social media, May 29-June 4.
“Domestic abuse has long been invisible in our community,” says Rielly, “and yet it happens everywhere, every single day. Sometimes women don’t recognize what they are experiencing is abuse nor do the people who may witness the abuse, including friends and family. Together we need to be better informed and we hope our TV spots will help with this – identify the different types of abuse and emphasize that abuse is not discriminatory: it impacts women of all ages, ethnicities and socio economic backgrounds. Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable.”
For more than 40 years Victoria Women’s Transition House has offered emergency shelter, support, counselling and education to women of all ages, with or without children, who are fleeing domestic abuse. The Society strives to prevent and eliminate abuse through education, advocacy and partnerships. For more information and crisis support contact the 24-hour Crisis and Information Line, 250-385-6611.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is a national annual outreach initiative of the Justice Canada Policy Centre for Victim Issues. The 2016 theme for the Week is “The Power of Our Voices” and includes projects and events in communities across the country culminating with a federal symposium in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016.
Funding for the Transition House TV spots was provided by the Department of Justice, Canada.
For more information on Victoria Women’s Transition House, our programs and services, please contact:
Susan K.E. Howard
250-592-2927 ext 210