Last year’s valley-wide “Men Together” Initiative was the first step in PVPP’s (Proactive Violence Prevention Project) two-phase plan to lower the incidences of domestic violence and abuse within our homes and communities. Over one hundred men have united to deliver their clear message that violence toward women and children is “just plain wrong”, and in their appeal to male abusers to “Stop It!,” and to seek help if necessary.
Thanks in great part to our valley’s valliant “Men Together”, Phase Two is now here. In cooperation with the South Okanagan-Similkameen Violence in Relationships Committee, PVPP is pleased to announce a new, free, and confidential resource for men who want to stop abusive behavior. “Change For Good” is a professionally facilitated weekly counselling and group-support program, offered in Keremeos as well as three other area locations. It is made possible through contributions from the Civil Forfeiture Office in partnership with Victim Services and Crime Prevention, Ministry of Justice and from the RCMP Family Violence Intervention Fund. The program launches next Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m., in the new Centre for Excellence Building of Penticton’s Okanagan College, with the free admission showing and discussion of the film “It’s Not Like I Hit Her.” The centre’s address is 583 Duncan Avenue, just off Penticton’s Channel Parkway.
The public,from teens to adults is encouraged to attend. Spousal and child abuse touches nearly everyone, either directly or through the tears and fears of family members and friends. It also plants the seeds that can lead to child and teen bullying and to sexual assault. Public awareness is a key component to ending violence, and to promoting PVPP’s motto, “Safety in our Communities, Safety in our Homes.”
For more information – including locations, starting dates, and confidential registration for Change For Good – contact Rhea, the program’s coordinator, at 250-488-5939 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Locally, you can also contact PVPP’s coordinator, Ron Shonk at 250-499-2352, 499-5511, or <email@example.com>.
For more information on “Men Together” or any of its other programs and initiatives, check out the website page of PVPP, the South Similkameen’s Proactive Violence Prevention Project, at www.lscss.com . And remember to “Practice Indiscriminate Kindness”.
– Ron Shonk