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Family violence is a crime – Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.

Call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages, or find family violence and domestic violence supports.

What you can do

  • Offer to help at your local women’s shelter as a volunteer, board member or fundraiser.
  • Share resources on family violence through social media and in your community.
  • Organize or participate in a Family Violence Prevention Month activity in your area.
  • Encourage your local public library to carry magazines and books about family violence.
  • Collect toys, books and toiletry items from your neighbours to donate to your local youth or women's shelter.

What professionals can do

  • Submit an article about family violence to your local newspaper, offer to speak on a radio station or write a blog post.
  • Share resources on family violence through social media.
  • Display articles, artwork and resources about family violence in your office.
  • Ask the local health clinics to provide family violence resources in waiting and examining rooms.
  • Ask local businesses to display family violence posters and resources.
  • Work with local churches and faith communities to provide resources.

What men and boys can do

  • Learn to recognize family violence and know how to help.
  • Show leadership by discussing family violence with family, friends, neighbours and co-workers and teaching them about healthy relationships.
  • Integrate family violence awareness in sports coaching and youth mentoring activities.
  • Speak out against family violence at public events.
  • Volunteer and fundraise for women’s emergency shelters and other agencies.
  • Participate in community-based awareness activities and initiatives.
  • Join associations that address family violence while promoting gender equality.
  • Raise awareness in your workplace by hosting workshops or developing a protocol.

What schools can do

  • Help children learn non-violent ways of dealing with conflict.
  • Educate young people about dating violence and all other forms of abuse.
  • Place dating violence posters in the school and provide family violence information sheets for students.
  • Give copies of a dating safely checklist to all students on registration day.
  • Include information about dating violence in the school newsletter.
  • Develop a student led anti-violence and anti-bullying campaign.
  • Honour students who work to reduce violence and bullying.
  • Organize an event to collect teddy bears, quilts and other items to donate to a shelter for comforting children and youth.

What employers can do

  • Establish policies that help all staff understand more about family violence and the resources and assistance that are available.
  • Support employees who may be dealing with family violence issues.
  • Share information at meetings, online or through print resources.
  • Display prevention and support information in areas where your customers or clients can see it or take it with them.
  • Work with community organizations to provide funding for programs and services to help victims of family violence.
  • Sponsor an event to raise awareness during Family Violence Prevention Month.

What community organizations can do

  • Contact the nearest Regional Family Violence and Bullying Prevention Coordinator to discuss family violence initiatives in your region.
  • Create an interagency working group to formalize a commitment to end family violence in your community.
  • Develop a listing of services available in your community to help those impacted by family violence.
  • Identify and address family violence service gaps in your community.
  • Start a support group for victims of family violence.
  • Plan a public forum on family violence.
  • Distribute family violence awareness resources to businesses, employers, medical professionals and faith organizations.
  • Proclaim Family Violence Prevention Month each November, coordinate a campaign and encourage individuals and community groups to participate in awareness activities.