Family Violence Awareness Week

~Sept. 12 - 18, 2016~

The Coalition organizes the theme/materials and holds a territorial launch once a year.  This includes a resource kit, poster, and various promotion items that are sent to every community in the NWT and extra materials are always available on request.

Community Events

Fort McPherson, NT

Youth Games
September 12, 3:00-5:00pm
Youth & Elders Centre
Games, information and door prizes
Contact Mary Ross 952-2025

Adult Night
September 13, 2:00-4:00pm
Youth & Elders Centre
Games, information and door prizes
Contact Mary Ross 952-2025

Fort Smith, NT

Movie Night - "Inside Out"
September 12, 6:00-8:00pm
Rec Theatre
Children must be accompanied by caregiver.
Contact Sutherland House

PWK & JBT School Visits
September 13, 9:00am-12:00pm
Display board, information tools and snacks
Contact Sutherland House

Take Back the Night March
September 15, 5:00-7:00pm
Starting at Rec Center
Return to Rec Center Seniors Room for guest speakers and refreshments
Contact Sutherland House

Lunch with the Bunch
September 16, 12:00-1:00pm
Rec Center Seniors Room
Soup & Sandwich for $5 proceeds go towards seniors programs
Contact Sutherland House

FREE Family Swim
September 17, 1:00-3:00pm
Rec Center Pool
Enjoy a free swim with the family
Contact Sutherland House

Hay River and Hay River Reserve, NT

Family Sharing Circle
September 12, 1:30pm
Hay River Public Library
Talk about healthy relationships and consent. Snacks provided.
Contact Angela 874-3922

Family Support Centre Open House
September 16, 2:00-4:00pm
Contact Family Support Centre 874-3311

Free Movie - Inside Out
September 17, 2:00pm
Riverview Cineplex
Drinks and popcorn provided
Contact Family Support Centre 874-3311

Free Family Swim
September 18, 4:00-6:00pm
Hay River Pool
Contact Family Support Centre 874-3311


Inuvik, NT

P.A.R.T.Y - Promoting Smart Choices in Youth
September 12, 8:30am-4:00pm
Recreation Centre
Demonstrations, speakers, reality check and catered lunch
Contact Shirley 777-4400 Ext 3.

Sharing Circle on Family Violence
September 14, 5:00pm
Aurora College
Soup & bannock and door prizes
Contact Sheila 777-7815

Sing Along
September 15, 5:00-8:00pm
Ingamo Hall
Soup & bannock and door prizes
Contact Delores 777-2166

Family Night: Survivors of Family Violence
September 16, 6:00-9:00pm
Ingamo Hall
Soup & bannock and door prizes
Contact Delores 777-2166

Norman Wells, NT

Resource Table
September 16, 12:00-1:0pm
Yamouri Inn
Contact BeAnna Lynne 587-3653 or Caren Burke 587-3676

Take Back the Night
September 17, 4:00-7:00pm
Land Corporation
Poster making, candle light walk, BBQ to follow.
Contact BeAnna Lynne 587-3653 or Caren Burke 587-3676

Tuktoyaktuk, NT

September 12, 12:00pm
TCC Boardroom

Take Back the Night Walk
September 14, 4:00pm
the point
Prayer at the cementary, hot dogs and hot chocolate at the youth centre
Contact Georgina 977-2042

Tulita, NT

Family Violence Awareness Brunch
September 11, 12:00-1:30pm
At the school
Bring the whole family
Contact Counselor Marissa 588-4019 or HFCWW Elaine 588-3222

Story Telling Night
September 12, 7:00-9:00pm
Wellness Centre
Share your stories and snacks
Contact Counsellor Marissa 588-4019 or HFCWW Elaine 588-3222

Yellowknife, NT

Coalition Against Family Voilence Open House
September 14, 10:00-11:00am
4th Floor Northwestel Tower
Contact 920-6177

Safety School
September 14, 1:30-4:00pm
Northern United Place
Contact 920-6177

Movie Showing - "The Hunting Ground"
September 15, 6:00pm
Yellowknife Public Library
Hosted by Yellowknife Public Library

Take Back the Night
September 16, 6:00pm
Starting at City Hall
Contact 920-6177

Family Violence Awareness Week Kit 2016

Below are the documents for Family Violence Awareness Week. This year's theme is on Healthy Relationships and Consent. You can't have a healthy relationship with out consent.

If you would like a hard copy or some promotional items please contact our office toll free at 1.888.234.4485 or email council@statusofwomen.nt.ca for more details.

*Last Year*

Family Violence Awareness Week Kit 2015

Below are the documents for Family Violence Awareness Week. This year's theme is on choosing respect. Respecting women and knowing that respect and abuse are choices. Which do you choose?

If you would like a hard copy or some promotional items please contact our office toll free at 1.888.234.4485 or email council@statusofwomen.nt.ca for more details.


Past Family Violence Awareness Week Kits

Click here to download 2014 FVAW Kit focus on Bystanders

Click here to download 2013 FVAW Kit focus on Community

Click here to download 2012 FVAW Kit focus on Teens

Click here to download 2011 FVAW Kit focus on Men

Click here to download 2010 FVAW Kit focus on Elders

Click here to download the Coalition Against Family Violence poster for
Family Violence awareness week 2009


If you would like to get involved with the Coalition or know more about our efforts to prevent family violence all you have to do is call us toll free at
1-888-234-4485 or email council@statusofwomen.nt.ca


Coalition Against Family Violence NWT
c/o Status of Women Council of the NWT
Box 1320
Yellowknife NT  X1A 2L9

Phone: 888-234-4485
Fax: 867-873-0285
E-mail: council@statusofwomen.nt.ca



Answers to 2015 Family Violence Awareness Quiz

  1. The answer is (A)
    1. Correct. Someone who is experiencing violence needs to know that you will not judge them and that you care about them.  Asking if they feel safe is the first step to supporting someone who has been traumatized and needs support.
    2. Incorrect. Not believing the victim is one of the worst things you can do when supporting someone. This action only supports the person who abused and shows the victim that even if they do speak up no one will believe them or worse that they are totally isolated.
    3. Incorrect. Blaming the victim for the abusers actions is never helpful.  It places the responsibility of the violence or abuse on the victim instead of with the person who is really responsible. The only true cause of family violence is the choice the abuser makes to abuse others.   
    4. Incorrect.  Family violence is very complex and leaving might not be an option for them right now.  It might even be more dangerous.  You can support them by helping them with safety planning, letting them know you are there to talk if they need it and believing them when they come forward.  By telling them to leave you are taking more choices away from them and they may feel like they are letting you down if they choose to stay.
  2. The answer is (B)
    1. Incorrect
    2. Correct, to learn more please go to www.moosehidecampaign.ca.
    3. Incorrect
    4. Incorrect
  3. See, Name, Do
  4. True, In Canada women and men are equal under the law and both have the right to physical and physiological safety. 
  5. Depending on where you are from the answer is below:
  • Aklavik                        978-1111
    Behchoko                  392-1111
    Deline                          589-1111
    Fort Good Hope      598-1111
    Fort Liard                    770-1111
    Fort McPherson      952-1111
    Fort Providence      699-1111
    Fort Resolution        394-1111
    Fort Simpson            695-1111
    Fort Smith                  872-1111
    Gameti                        392-1111
    Hay River                    874-1111
    Inuvik                          777-1111
    Lutsel K’e                   370-1111
    Normen Wells          587-1111
    Paulatuk                     580-1111
    Sachs Harbour          690-1111
    Tuktoyaktuk             977-1111
    Tulita                            588-1111
    Ulukhaktok                  392-1111
    Wha Ti                         573-1111
    Wrigley                       695-1111             
    Yellowknife               669-1111
  1.  www.statusofwomen.nt.ca
  2. A poor social response or perspective is any action or non-action that supports the perpetrator and does not support the victim.  Below are a few examples of poor social responses. 
    1. Blaming the victim
    2. Not believing them
    3. Defending the perpetrators actions
    4. Ignoring the situation
    5. Telling the victim it’s not that bad and to get over it
    6. Telling confidential information to another person
    7. Shaming the victim
    8. Stepping over their body or walking the other way when you see something happening
    9. Saying that this is normal and that everyone goes through rough patches in their relationship.  Violence is never ok or normal.
    10. Asking them are they sure it happened or did the perpetrator just misunderstand. 
    11. Blaming drugs or alcohol for what happened instead of who is responsible
    12. Asking what were you wearing or how were you acting that might make them do that
    13. Getting angry at them for not telling you sooner
    14. Pushing a victim to leave their partner.  Only they know when it is safe to do this.
  3. The answer is (D)
    1. Incorrect
    2. Incorrect
    3. Incorrect
    4. Correct.  Who, What, When, Where & Weapons

  4. The answer is (B)
    1. Incorrect. Victims Services can help support you write a victim impact statement, connect you to other resources or go with you to the RCMP but they are not a designate for EPOs.
    2. Correct. Only these two organizations can help you go through the process of obtaining an EPO.  See answers to question 5 for your RCMP number and the number for Alison McAteer is 1-866-223-7775.
    3. Incorrect. These workers may be able to get you to a land line that you can call the RCMP or Alison McAteer.  They may also restrict who can see you in the hospital if you request it or call the RCMP to come speak with you but they are not designates for EPOs.
    4. Incorrect.  This helpline is great of immediate emotional support but not a designate.
  5. Any piece of the following answer: The incidence rates of intimate partner violence across the Northwest Territories is strikingly high, violent, lethal and accepted as a part of life. Unfortunately, this reality is met with few resources for women. Frontline workers are extremely passionate about helping women in violent relationships but feel their hands are tied by geographic barriers, limited funding and few options. The services which are available struggle to work together, either because of policies or because the response is most often crisis-oriented.  Women are silenced by family and community; community gossip hurts and contributes to their silence. Alcohol typically partners with violence and there are no available treatment centres to support people in their battle toward sobriety.  In addition to addictions treatment centres available to residents of the NWT, people suggested educational programs directed towards children and youth, preventative measures, increased awareness, a collaborative approach amongst frontline workers and healing that originates from within the communities.
  6.  Any five of the following: Physical Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Financial Abuse, Abusive Control, Sexual or Sexualized Abuse, Rape, Neglect, Stalking, Familial homicide, Cyber Abuse, Witnessing/Exposure to Abuse, and/or Forcible Confinement. Please note that we did not say elder abuse, child abuse or spousal abuse because each of these demographics are subjects to all forms of abuse.









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