Neighbours, Friends and Families is a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help. Neighbours, Friends and Families represents a significant shift in our approach to ending woman abuse. It engages the power of everyday relationships to help keep women and their children safe. You don’t have to be a hero or fix the situation. Caring about the people around us, paying attention to them when there are signs of trouble and responding appropriately can make a big difference. Little things count.
Neighbours, Friends and Families has grown over the last 14 years with campaigns in over 150 communities in Ontario. It has been adapted to be culturally appropriate for: Immigrant & Refugee Communities, Kanawayhitowin Community, and Francophone Communities. Our brochures have been translated into over 15 languages including: French, Arabic, Korea, Chinese, Punjabi, Somali, Vietnamese and more.
The Office of Women’s Issues (formally Ontario Women’s Directorate) has generously funded the campaign since November 2005.