The Treaty Three Police Service is shining the light on violence against women.
As November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month, the police service has teamed with Kenora’s Women’s Shelter Saakaate House to help promote the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women, and to stand in solidarity with abused women.
The police service’s headquarters on Homestake Road is now flying a purple flag in support of the campaign, as well as having purple lights shining under their tipi.
Treaty Three Police Service Sergeant Cherly Gervais, spoke about why the police service chose to help raise awareness about women abuse.
“November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. We wanted to honour that. The Shine the Light on Women Abuse campaign is to raise awareness of violence against women, and to raise awareness of that to the public. We work very closely with the Women’s Shelter Saakaate House, and we’re glad that we can help,” she said.
Kendall Trembath, Executive Director of Women’s Shelter Saakaate House, spoke about the support from the police service, as well as the Shine the Light campaign.
“It’s really important to us. Although we aren’t an Indigenous based shelter, the majority of our clientele do tend to be Indigenous. We want to make sure that we have great partnerships with the Treaty Three Police Service because we work with them all the time, and we want to provide the best service that we can. The campaign is to show victims of violence that they have our support. We want them to not feel ashamed of their experience, the shame belongs to the perpetrators, and that's what the Shine the Light campaign is all about,” she said.
Trembath noted that November is also Wrapped in Courage month. Throughout the month, the proceeds from the sale of purple scarves go towards women shelters across Ontario.