Surrey: The Violence Free BC (VFBC) strategy, as announced on February 6th by Premier Christy Clark in Surrey, focuses on reducing domestic violence with five key priorities: Challenging beliefs and behaviours, ensuring services are responsive, innovative and coordinated, supporting women as they rebuild their lives, addressing violence against Aboriginal women and fostering strong relationships and new partnerships.
“Domestic violence is not a domestic issue,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “It is violence of the most brutal sort perpetrated against women. It is a societal issue. Having a new Domestic Violence Unit that combines investigators and support workers, working together to help women and families not only survive but to begin recovery is a major step forward. I look forward to helping with the public-awareness campaign when it begins. It really is the responsibility of the whole community including business to help stop the hurt.”