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.
The Ontario Women’s Directorate has funded the campaign since November 2005. The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children at Western University has managed the campaign.
An Expert Panel guided the development of the campaign and supported the initial implementation in communities across the province. Many communities have participated in the campaign. Each has spread the word that, “We all have a role to play in ending woman abuse,” through tapping into local networks and relationships.
If you would like to organize a campaign in your community, please see the resources under the Organizers tab.
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.
We invite you to explore the site and use the resources we have to share.