Transition House Association of NS

Friday, Feb 10, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE:  THANS calls for Nova Scotian’s to wear purple during Family Violence Prevention Week. 

The impact of family violence is extensive – from human suffering, to loss of workplace productivity, to increasing demands on government and community agencies.  In addition to the human suffering, the economic, social and legal cost of family violence in Canada is in the billions. Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) is calling on Nova Scotian’s to wear purple during Family Violence Prevention Week, February 12-18 2017, as a sign of support and taking a stand to end family violence.

“We are all likely to know of someone who has experienced, or is experiencing the trauma of abuse,” says THANS Provincial Coordinator, Becky Kent, “It is our hope that everyone in our communities and at all levels of government will use this time to help increase public awareness of family violence by wearing purple and talking about this critical issue.”

Education and public awareness is necessary to the eradication of family violence.  Transition Houses throughout Nova Scotia work tirelessly to support the women and children in our communities who are experiencing family violence, and plan to recognize this important week in Nova Scotia through community partnerships, events, and education campaigns. Many of these activities are open to the public!

“The Cape Breton Interagency on Family Violence (CBIFV) has planned a number of activities during this week, including a CBRM proclamation, flag raising, ribbon tying, music, and Information displays at the Mayflower Mall,” notes Helen Morrison, CBIFV Chair and Executive Director of Cape Breton Transition House, “We also have Family Day on Tuesday, February 14 at the YMCA, “Purple Friday”, February 17th and free Pancake Breakfast at Sobeys in Sydney and Glace Bay. We ask the public to join us”

Nova Scotian’s can show their support throughout the week of February 12 – 18 and especially on Friday February 17th simply by wearing something purple, a ribbon, T-shirt, blouse, tie, etc. Wearing purple is your personal way to show you have concerns for the issues and support all victims of family violence.

Let’s Make It Purple Friday to end Family Violence!

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The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) member organizations provide transitional services to women (and their children) who are experiencing violence and abuse, including culturally relevant services to Mi’kmaw people. THANS eleven member organizations work with women and their children in thirteen locations across Nova Scotia; Sydney, Waycobah, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish, New Glasgow, Amherst, Truro, Millbrook, Halifax, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Digby and Kentville.

For more information, please contact:

Becky Kent

THANS Provincial Coordinator

Office 902-429-7287  Cell 902-802-2723

coordinator@thans.ca

For more information about the work of THANS and Transition Houses in NS please go to www.thans.ca