Domestic violence session offered to all

Chilliwack RCMP hosting next session to help understand domestic violence

The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment – Chilliwack Detachment is presenting the second public information session surrounding Domestic Violence in the Community. Area service providers will present each week, detailing the vast array of services available to ensure Victims of Domestic Violence, including women and all vulnerable persons, have access to the services that can assist them.

One in four families is impacted by violence, regardless of culture, socio-economic conditions, faith or education. Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate, but it often escalates.  It can be physical, emotional, sexual or verbal and is often used as a weapon of control and intimidation by a spouse or ex-spouse. If you or someone you know is being abused, help is available – do not wait.

The public information sessions are free of charge and will be held at Chilliwack Community Services – 45938 Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack.

RCMP Corporal Barb Vincent will host the sessions which run for six consecutive weeks, beginning May 9 and running each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. until June 13.

The first public information session was held on May 9 and was well attended. Presenters from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society provided excellent information on their programs and answered specific questions regarding their services.

The second presentation will be held May 16, again at Chilliwack Community Services – 45938 Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The presenters that day include the Ann Davis Transition Society, the Ann Davis Transition House and Xolhemet Society.

The Ann Davis Transition Society will discuss their many programs offered for persons dealing with domestic violence or an abusive situation. Services are offered for children, youth, women, men and families.

The Ann Davis Transition House operates 24/7.  They will discuss their ability to provide short term refuge for woman, and women with their children, whom are at risk for violence.

Xolhemet Society will discuss the services they provide at their Transition House including shelter, support, advocacy, court accompaniment and referrals. They will discuss how the Transition House operates including no fees, and no limits on number of visits or departures.  Xolhemet Society will also discuss their Second Stage Housing which is supported living for women and children in their own apartment. Support groups, one on one counseling, advocacy and court accompaniment are available.

Presenters for the following four weeks include Chilliwack Community Services, Ann Davis Society – Legal Advocate, Mennonite Central Committee, RCMP and RCMP Victim Services.

If you have any questions please direct them to Corporal Barb Vincent – Chilliwack RCMP at (604) 702-4001.