Executive Council
February 13, 2017

Working to End Violence

Minister Discusses Cyber Violence during Roundtable Discussion

The Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, led a roundtable discussion today with representatives from different organizations to discuss cyber violence against individuals. The session took place at the Hungry Heart Café in St. John’s as part of Violence Prevention Month. A list of participants at the roundtable can be found in the backgrounder below.

“Today’s roundtable was a very effective way for representatives from different organizations, with different perspectives, to come together to discuss a topic that is affecting many individuals from all age groups throughout our province. It is important for all participants in social media to reflect on the language being used and whether we, as Twitter followers, as Facebook friends, as virtual bystanders, are condoning online bullying when we don’t speak up. I encourage you to no longer be a by-stander. Do not let anyone take away your passion for doing what is right for fear of being verbally attacked or abused online. Empower yourself and encourage others not to turn a blind eye to cyber abuse.”
- The Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

The Provincial Government is focused on achieving long-term solutions for those most at risk of violence by educating and creating awareness through campaigns such as Respect Women, the Prevention of Violence Against Older Persons, Purple Ribbon, and the Cybersafe Girl Initiative.

“Cyberbullying is how violence begins – with shaming, insults and verbal abuse. 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, including cyber bullying, is unacceptable. We all have a responsibility to address this issue. I ask Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to encourage discussion and take action against cyberbullying.”
- Minister Bennett

For more information about the Provincial Government’s Violence Prevention Initiative, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/vpi.


  • February is Violence Prevention Month and Minister Cathy Bennett led a roundtable discussion today on cyber violence.
  • The discussion brought together different voices on the struggles facing individuals concerning cyber violence.
  • There are many different forms of violence, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, spiritual, cultural, verbal, cyber and financial abuse and neglect.
  • Information on the Violence Prevention Initiative can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/vpi.

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Media contact:

Lisa Lawlor
Media Relations Manager
Women’s Policy Office
709-729-4839, 730-1568


Participants in Roundtable

Representatives from:
English School District
St. John’s Native Friendship Centre
THRIVE Community Youth Network
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Planned Parenthood Sexual Health Centre
LGBTQ Youth Group

Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence

Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence (BPVAV)
60 Atlantic Crescent
P.O. Box 87
Marystown, NL AOE 2MO
Tel: 709- 279-4030
Fax: 709- 279-5387
Email: bpvav@nf.aibn.com
Web: www.bpvav.com/
Coalition Against Violence Avalon East (CAVAE)
31 Peet Street, #215
St. John's, NL A1B 3W8
Tel: 709-757-0137
Fax: 709-754-4949
Email: cavae.save.now@gmail.com
Web: www.coalitionagainstviolence.ca/
Communities Against Violence (CAV)
30 A Cathedral Street, Harbour Grace
Mailing Address:
PO Box 250
Harbour Grace, NL A0A 2M0
Tel: 709-596-0726
Cell: 709-597-3161
Email: info@communitiesagainstviolence.org
Eastern Region Committee Against Violence (ERCAV)
105 Manitoba Dr., Suite 304
Clarenville, NL A5A 1K2
Tel: 709-466-4676
Fax: 709-466-4670
Email: ercav@gov.nl.ca
Web: www.ercav.ca/home/
Northern Committee Against Violence (NCAV)
279 West Street
P.O. Box 847
St. Anthony, NL AOK 4SO
Tel: 709-454-3351
Fax: 709-454-2334
Email: darlenerice@gov.nl.ca
Web: www.ncav.ca/home/
Roads to End Violence (REV)
157 Airport Boulevard
Gander, NL A1V 1K6
Tel: 709-651-2250
Fax: 709-651-2295
Email: info@roadstoendviolence.ca
Web: www.roadstoendviolence.ca/
Southwestern Coalition to End Violence (SWCEV)
31 – 37 Gallant Street
P.O. Box 621
Stephenville, NL A2N 3B5
Tel: 709-643-1022 / 643-5399
Fax: 709-643-2293
Email: swceviolence@gmail.com
Web: swcev.ca/
Violence Prevention Labrador (VPL)
P.O. Box 23
Forteau, NL A0K 2P0
Tel: 709-931-2600
Toll Free: 1-866-446-8080
Fax: 709-931-2601
Email: coordinator@vplabrador.ca
Web: www.vplabrador.ca/home/
Violence Prevention South and Central (VPSC)
5 Hardy Ave
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2P8
Tel: 709-489-8828
Fax: 709-489-8620
Email: ed@vpsc.ca
Web: www.vpsc.ca/
Violence Prevention West
98 Broadway
Corner Brook, NL A2H 4C8
Tel: 709- 634-6606
Fax: 709-639-1093
Victoria Jones, Executive Director
Email: violencepreventionwest@gmail.com
Web: www.wrcev.ca/

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