BRAMPTON, ON (January 29, 2020) – Today, at its Committee of Council meeting, Brampton City Council approved a motion put forward by Regional Councillor Rowena Santos to continue collaboration with Peel Regional Police, the Region of Peel, and community organizations to establish a public education and awareness campaign to end domestic violence in Brampton and Peel Region.
In September 2019, Brampton City Council unanimously passed a motion to continue to support and work with existing Region of Peel programs that provide services to those affected by domestic violence, including Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse (PCAWA), Safe Centre of Peel, and Victim Services of Peel.
Last year, more than 100 residents, City staff and elected officials took part in Take Back the Night, an event at City Hall led by PCAWA.
The City of Brampton participates in the Community Safety and Well-being System Leadership Table led by the Region of Peel. The focus of the System Leadership Table is to develop and implement strategies that address the root causes of issues that negatively impact the safety and well-being of communities within the Region of Peel. Within the larger group, a Family Violence Action Table has been dedicated to addressing the complex issue of family violence, including domestic violence.
Peel Regional Police provides a variety of information and local resources for Brampton residents, including: safe places to seek help, shelters, community counselling, programs and support services, legal resources and supports for children and elderly persons.
Following Council approval on February 5, 2020, the City will work closely with local stakeholders, including the Region of Peel, Peel Regional Police, and community organizations, to develop this campaign and work towards ending domestic violence and creating a safer city for all.
“Ending domestic violence is important for Brampton City Council. As Council works to build a Healthy and Safe community, we can do more to work together with our partners at the Region and Peel Regional Police to raise public awareness of domestic violence, encourage reporting, and fight emotional and financial abuse of Brampton residents.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
“Domestic violence is a growing community safety concern in Brampton. As a partner in fighting domestic violence, education and awareness are key operating strategies to deal with the issue which is why we are directing resources to develop a public awareness campaign. Abuse and deaths related to domestic violence are disturbing and absolutely unjustified. We want to let everyone know and amplify where they can get support.”
- Rowena Santos, Chair, Community Services; Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, City of Brampton
“I feel that it is very important for the City of Brampton to partner with community organizations to raise awareness and collectively protect more women that may become victims of domestic violence.”
- Baldev Mutta, Chief Executive Officer, Punjabi Community Health Services
“Everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. We all have an important role to play in eliminating violence in the lives of women and their children in our community."
- Sharon Floyd, Executive Director, Interim Place
“City of Brampton staff continue to be dedicated to this important cause and collaborating with local stakeholders to end domestic violence. As we build this public education and awareness campaign with the community and our regional and law enforcement partners, we are expanding on the important work already underway through the Community Safety and Well-being System Leadership Table.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
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