April 12-18, 2020 marks the annual Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C. (see proclamation). The week recognizes the importance of supporting communities in promoting the prevention of violence against women.
The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to reduce the spread of the virus has increased individual and familial stresses, changed our normal routines and restricted movement, resulting in increased physical separation from family, friends, and community. Couples and families in close proximity and decreased community connections can create situations where gender-based violence is exacerbated. These are challenging and unfamiliar times and I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to supporting those who are at risk, or have experienced violence.
In light of the evolving circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the events that usually take place in communities at this time of year are not able to proceed and as such an events calendar for this week will not be posted. As you consider how you will observe this week, I encourage you to follow the updates and advice of the Provincial Health Officer. For more information and updates about COVID-19, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19. For information and resources about gender-based violence, please click here.
Thank you for joining us in commemorating Prevention of Violence Against Women Week.
Stay safe and well,
Assistant Deputy Minister
Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General