Nov. 18, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A poster and pamphlet are now available to promote a new program to help children and their mothers who have been exposed to domestic violence.
Mary Schryer, the minister responsible for the status of women, and the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) have announced the release of the pamphlet and poster promoting Moving Forward: A community-based program for children (4 - 16 years) and their mothers to promote healing from the effects of woman abuse.
"The pamphlets and posters will generate more widespread awareness of this service and how to use it," said Schryer. "It is important for women to know that help is available for their children and for themselves when they are healing from the hurt of living with woman abuse in their family."
The pamphlets and posters have been distributed to program deliverers, transition houses, social service agencies and libraries around the province. These are agencies and venues from which
women may seek help and learn more about this child-centred program. This program is designed to help women better support their children heal from the experience of family violence.
The community agencies involved may stamp their specific contact information on the posters, which they can each place in strategic locations throughout their areas.
The program, provided free of charge, offers separate, yet parallel, groups for children and mothers. They learn skills for making positive choices to end the violence in their lives; creating safety plans; and making social connections that can foster healing. Programs are offered in different communities around the province, funded under the A Better World for Women: Moving Forward 2005-10 action plan on violence against women.
"Our government is pleased to have adapted this program, first developed through the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex in Ontario," said Schryer. "To support this initiative, we provided training to many community-based organizations, along with funding support, so that they can deliver this program in their own regions."
The pamphlet and poster were developed by PLEIS-NB, a non-profit organization that educates the public about the law. PLEIS-NB receives funding and in-kind support from Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation and the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs.
"Saint John has been very fortunate to have successfully run the Moving Forward program twice in our region," said Kim Gillcrist, a facilitator for the Saint John program. "We are very pleased to offer this program as an additional resource for children and their mothers who have experienced domestic violence. The program has been well received by both participants and the community at large, and it is clear that this program will continue to move forward in Saint John."
For more information about the program, contact information for the community-based program deliverers, or to obtain copies of the pamphlet and poster, contact the women's issues branch at 506-453-8126; email email@example.com; or visit http://www.gnb.ca/0012/Womens-Issues/index-e.asp. Copies of the pamphlet and poster are also available through PLEIS-NB at 506-453-5369, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or at http://www.legal-info-legale.nb.ca.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3207.