Executive Council
November 25, 2016

Preventing Violence in our Families and Communities

Purple Ribbon Flag Raised at Confederation Building

To mark the start of the 2016 Purple Ribbon campaign, a Purple Ribbon flag will be raised at the Confederation Building, marking the first time that such a flag has been raised in Canada. The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, joined community stakeholders to raise the flag, which will fly until December 10 to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

“I am very proud to say that Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province in Canada to fly the Purple Ribbon flag to increase the awareness of violence against women. It is only through raising awareness and changing attitudes that violence against women can be prevented. This flag is a tribute to all those who have experienced violence and symbolizes our collective efforts to speak out about violence and educate others. We all have a responsibility to address this issue.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Purple Ribbon Campaign includes two significant dates in the history of violence against women: November 25 is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

“We want the people of our province to live in safe, caring communities where there is respect for one another and any type of violence is unacceptable. Today’s flag raising ceremony would not have happened without the advocacy of Ms. Debbie Hibbs. The Hibbs family has suffered a terrible tragedy in their lives, but are now using their strength to educate others and increase awareness of violence against women. I commend them for their actions and encourage every resident to take part in the Purple Ribbon Campaign.”
- The Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

The annual Purple Ribbon Campaign was developed to create awareness and prevent violence against women in Newfoundland and Labrador with the purple ribbon long being a symbol used around the world. The creation of the Purple Ribbon flag was made possible by the advocacy of Debbie and Phillip Hibbs.

“Flying the Purple Ribbon Flag outside of Confederation Building is imperative to raising awareness about domestic relationship violence and violence against young girls, women and men. This act will help honour those who have lost their lives to violence. The more we speak out about violence the more comfortable we will become in having that conversation.”
- Debbie Hibbs, Mother of Juliane Hibbs

To learn more about preventing violence against women or to view the campaign materials, including information on the history of the purple ribbon, visit www.respectwomen.ca externalor contact any of the 10 Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence listed in the backgrounder below.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Purple Ribbon flag was raised in front of Confederation Building for the first time.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province in Canada to raise a Purple Ribbon flag.
  • The flag will remain in place until December 10, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
  • The Purple Ribbon Campaign also includes two significant dates in the history of violence against women - November 25 is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
  • The purple ribbon has long been a symbol representing the prevention of violence against women in many parts of the world.

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The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, sign the proclamation to proclaim Purple Ribbon Week in the province – November 25, 2016.


Media contacts:

Michelle Cannizzaro
Media Relations Manager
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca
Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Finance
709-729-6830, 693-1865
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER
Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence

Burin Peninsula Voice against Violence
60 Atlantic Crescent
P.O. Box 87
Marystown, NL, AOE 2MO
Krista Foote, Executive Director
709-279-4030
Fax: 709-279-5387
Email: bpvav@nf.aibn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BPVAV external
Web: www.bpvav.com/ external

Coalition Against Violence Avalon East
31 Peet Street, #215
St. John’s, NL, A1B 3W8
Valerie Barter, Executive Director
709-757-0137
Fax: 709-754-4949
Email: cavae.save.now@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cavavaloneast external
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CoalitionAgainstViolenceAvalonEast external
Web: www.coalitionagainstviolence.ca/ external

Communities Against Violence
30 A Cathedral Street, Harbour Grace
PO Box 250
Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0
Stacy Harris, Executive Director
709-596-0726
Cell: 709-597-3161
Email: info@communitiesagainstviolence.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Communities-Against-Violence-491313564276666/ external
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAVavalonwest external

Eastern Region Committee Against Violence
105 Manitoba Dr., Suite 304
Clarenville, NL, A5A 1K2
Tracey Fleming, Executive Director
709-466-4676
Fax: 709- 466-4670
Email: ercav@gov.nl.ca
Web: www.ercav.ca/home/ external

Northern Committee Against Violence
279 West Street
P.O. Box 847
St. Anthony, NL, AOK 4SO
Darlene Rice, Executive Director
709-454-3351
Fax: 709-454-2334
Email: darlenerice@gov.nl.ca
Web: www.ncav.ca/home/ external

Roads to End Violence
157 Airport Boulevard
Gander, NL, A1V 1K6
709-651-2250
Fax: 709-651-2295
Lori Oram, Executive Director
Email: info@roadstoendviolence.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoadEndViolence external
Web: www.roadstoendviolence.ca/ external

Southwestern Coalition to End Violence
31 – 37 Gallant Street
P.O. Box 621
Stephenville, NL, A2N 3B5
Bernice Hancock, Coordinating Agency Representative
709-643-1022/643-5399
Fax: 709-643-2293
Email: swceviolence@gmail.com
Web: http://swcev.ca/ external

Violence Prevention Labrador
P.O. Box 23
Forteau, NL, A0K 2P0
Carmen Hancock, Executive Director
709-931-2600
Toll Free: 1-866-446-8080
Fax: 709-931-2601
Email: coordinator@vplabrador.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vplabrador external
Web: www.vplabrador.ca/home/ external

Violence Prevention South and Central
5 Hardy Ave
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, A2A 2P8
Linda Nuotio-Flynn, Executive Director
709-489-8828
Fax: 709-489-8620
Email: info@vpsc.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VPSCNL external
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Violence-Prevention-South-and-Central/263892110333768 external
Web: www.vpsc.ca/ external

Western Regional Coalition to End Violence
98 Broadway
Corner Brook, NL, A2H 4C8
Victoria Jones, Executive Director
709-634-6606
Fax: 709-639-1093
Email: wrcoalitiontoendviolence@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WesternRegionalCoalitionToEndViolence/  external
Web: www.wrcev.ca/ external

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