It’s Violence Prevention Week in Saskatchewan.
The proclamation comes at the request of Regina Police Chief, Evan Bray.
“We need to understand violence as it relates to people,” he said. “Statistics tell a story, but what the members of our police encounter every day is not stats, but people who have been victims of violence.”
That’s something the service’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich confirmed.
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“It’s really important for people to be aware of the resources and supports available to them, but also to be aware of the steps that they may take to help prevent violence.”
For those interested in more information, Popowich notes there’s links and other strategies on the Regina Police website around the issue of domestic conflict. Work is also done through their school resource officer program with students encouraging them to resolve conflict in a safe, non-violent and threatening manner.
“What we hope out of this week is that people will learn more,” she said. “And people will resolve to make small changes in their lives everyday that will improve the way that they deal with conflict and hopefully avoid becoming victims of violence or domestic conflict.”