The Council defines violence as the use of power to control and oppress others. There are many forms of abuse including:
Halton Violence Prevention Council was formed in 1992 by the Chief of Halton Regional Police Services in response to concern within the community over the violent deaths of two young women. The Chief invited community organizations to form a Council dedicated to ending violence against women and children.
Halton Violence Prevention Council has 20-25 member organizations that provide a range of services for families who experience any kind of violence or abuse, including domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The following agencies are active members on the Council and are dedicated to ending violence against women and children.
One of the main roles of the Council is community coordination. Efforts to end violence must be coordinated within and across service sectors. The focus of Halton Violence Prevention Council includes strengthening and improving services, identifying gaps in service and increasing safety for victims and their children.
Every minute of every day, a Canadian woman or child is being sexually assaulted.
Our prevention focus includes increasing public awareness of all types of family violence. In doing so, the Council aims to change our community's attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence within families.
1-2 women are murdered by a current or former partner each week in Canada.