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Help raise awareness and challenge misconceptions about family and intimate partner violence in Peel

Family and intimate partner violence is everyone’s concern as it threatens the basic right
to live free of violence
BRAMPTON, ON (November 24, 2023) – Starting November 25, 2023, on the International
Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and throughout the 16 Days of Activism
Against Gender-Based Violence, Peel Region and partners are encouraging residents to
‘Break The Silence’ and talk about family and intimate partner violence in our community.
Now in its fourth year, the awareness campaign sets out to challenge misconceptions
related to what intimate partner violence can look like and the implications of getting help.
The campaign will be seen on digital platforms across Peel and includes downloadable
materials in different languages.
Peel Region, in collaboration with over 20 community organizations, the City of Brampton,
the City of Mississauga, the Town of Caledon, Peel Regional Police, and Ontario Provincial
Police – Caledon Detachment co-designed this campaign as part of the Family Violence
area of focus in Peel’s Community Safety and Well-being Plan.
In February 2020, Regional Council unanimously passed a motion for the Region and its
partners to shed light on this critical issue and to stand in solidarity with survivors. The ‘Break
The Silence’ campaign is targeted toward survivors, bystanders and the public. Most
recently in June, Peel Regional Council formally declared intimate partner violence and
gender-based violence an epidemic in Peel, calling attention to its growing severity in the
Quick facts

Andrine Johnson, CEO, Embrave: Agency to End Violence
Violence against women, in particular intimate partner violence, is a major public health crisis
impacting thousands of women and children in our community. We all share in the
responsibility to speak up about this issue. Our community service providers are available to
speak with anyone looking for support. Intimate partner violence is preventable, and we all
have a role to play.
Sharon Mayne Divine, CEO, Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin
About Peel’s Transition
The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment
of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to
provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of
restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga,
Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.
To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to
provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario’s Peel
Region Transition Board website.
During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and
businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel’s transition website.
About Peel Region
Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe, and connected
Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in
Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day.
For more information explore and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and

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