Regina Police is once again partnering with Sofia House and the Circle project to bring Hearts in the Park a week Wednesday.
The program, in its third year aims to reach out to those affected by domestic violence by placing hearts in Victoria park.
Staff Sergeant Tim Seiferling says Regina Police look to work with both sides when dealing with a domestic situation.
“It’s not empowering just the victims, but we also have to make sure that the other person involved, if it’s the offender or someone we arrest, that they have the proper resources because we can’t arrest our way out of the issue,” Seiferling says. “If all we’re doing is making arrests then releasing, making arrests then releasing, we’re just chasing our tail on that one.”
SOFIA House Executive Director Gwyn Tremblay says victims may not realize how common domestic violence is.
“A lot of women and children who go through this, they don’t understand that this is happening to very many other people,” Tremblay says. “When they come together and do projects like this, they see a swell of support and encouragement and empowerment that helps them move forward in their daily lives.”
While the event is scheduled to go outdoors, if rain is in the forecast it will be moved to one of the Hill Towers.