National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Today is December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, the day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
“We are displaying a candle as well as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women poster in our lobby at police headquarters to commemorate the 14 women who died 27 years ago, as a result of gender-based violence,” said Chief Shawn Devine, North Bay Police Service. “The day is also an occasion for us to express our belief that all women and girls have the right to live free from words and actions that are disrespectful, abusive or violent towards them.”
Chief Shawn Devine and other members of the North Bay Police Service will also be supporting community partners at Nipissing University for the REDress Project and Candlelight Vigil event that begins at 4:15 p.m. today.
Help is available for victims of violence
If you are a victim of violence in an emergency situation and require immediate help, call 911. If you would like to talk to someone about your situation but do not feel ready to talk to police, Victim Services of Nipissing District can provide you with emotional and practical support. For more information, call: 705-472-2649 or visit vsnd.ca.
Pictured at North Bay Police Service headquarters today are, from left to right: Deputy Scott Tod, Glenna Byers and Deborah Emmerson from Victim Services of Nipissing District and Chief Shawn Devine.