Events Taking Place in Kelowna and West Kelowna

(Kelowna, BC) – “We all have a role” is the theme of this year’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, taking place across Canada from April 21-27, 2013. The week will be launched in Ottawa on April 21, 2013 by the federal Ministers of Justice and Public Safety.

Activities across the country will focus on raising awareness of services available to victims of crime in Canada, such as those provided by the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, and the Kelowna Family Center. National Victims of Crime Awareness Week also provides opportunities to further explore new ways to reach out to victims of crime and give them a stronger voice in the justice system.

The “Now What?” campaign helps friends, family, and neighbors understand what they can do when they witness violence & abuse against women or children, or suspect that violence or abuse is taking place.

“National Victims of Crime Awareness Week is an important event for our community. The first level of support for many victims of crime is family and friends. We want people to know how they can help by connecting someone in need with local service providers” said Lisa Binnie, Chair of the VAWIR (Violence Against Women In Relationships) committee, a local group consisting of 20 plus community organizations focused on delivering services to women and children.

“There are many resources available to victims of violence & abuse in our community, but many people don’t know where to turn for help. This week allows us to share information about local organizations and services that help victims of crime maintain hope for the future and rebuild their lives.”

Kelowna Women’s Shelter, the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, the Kelowna Family Center, and their partner organizations on the VAWIR committee will commemorate the week with a “Freeze Mob” event in West Kelowna.

The “Freeze Mob” will take place at the Lion’s Community Center on April 26th at 12:00pm. Participants will share positive messages from abuse victims who have received help. Events will raise awareness of the services available for victims of domestic violence and demonstrate the impact that friends, family, and neighbors can have by reaching out to connect victims with local service providers.

For more information on the Now What? Campaign, please visit www.nowwhat.me

For more information on National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, visit: www.victimsweek.gc.ca.