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November 18, 2020


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Education and Awareness Key Elements in the
Elimination of Family Violence to Protect Manitobans: Cox

A new online family violence awareness course is now available to Manitoba government employees and other front-line workers around the province, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox, minister responsible for the status of women, announced today. 

“As rates of family violence continue to rise as a result of COVID-19, it’s especially important to give frontline workers the tools they need to help protect Manitobans,” said Cox. “While many family violence survivors do not reach out for formal support, they may share their stories with a case worker, probation officer, nurse or employer. This course will help foster the listening skills and understanding needed to support survivors.”

The new self-directed learning program was developed by Willow Place in partnership with government and community stakeholders across the province to support greater empathy for survivors and increased awareness of available resources. The training is now available to the civil service at no cost and the province is providing $7,500 to the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS) to make the training available for up to 1,500 additional participants free of charge.

The course was developed as part of a project initiated by Willow Place called Challenge for Change, which was funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (formerly Status of Women Canada).   

“The Challenge for Change project was undertaken to support, align and mobilize efforts to change the current rates of family and gender-based violence,” said Lesley Lindberg, project manager for the Challenge for Change project. “This online training has been designed to challenge commonly held misconceptions, provide a deeper understanding of the issue and offer resources to anyone who may encounter someone experiencing it. We hope it will support our collective quest to end violence and oppression in all its forms.”

The training was piloted by front-line staff from a variety of areas within Manitoba Families as well as front-line workers and representatives from Indigenous, newcomer and LGBTQ2+ communities. The course will benefit front-line service providers who are not experts in family violence, human resource departments and managers in any field. It could also be provided as orientation material for volunteers, board members and incoming staff to family violence organizations. Any individual seeking a deeper understanding of domestic and family violence could also benefit, noted the minister.

The training program is now available on the Manitoba government staff development portal and those outside of government may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free access code.

Willow Place is a Winnipeg-based family violence organization with shelter facilities and a range of on-site and community-based services, and is one of 10 provincially funded shelters. Willow Place is a member of MAWS, the not-for-profit organization providing backbone support to the shelters and affiliate members working in the sector. MAWS works to strengthen the family violence and gender-based violence system by collaborating across systems, building and sharing information and resources, increasing public awareness and supporting alignment and co-ordination.

November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the province is reminding Manitobans affected by family and intimate partner violence of available resources. The province provides funding to support a confidential 24-7, toll-free crisis line staffed by shelters across the province. Manitobans can call 1-877-977-0007, text 204-792-5302 or 204-805-6682, or visit In an emergency, dial 911 or call the local police service.

For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.



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Shelters are a “Pandemic within a Pandemic”!  Kari Prawdzik, Executive Director of the Parkland Crisis Centre & Women’s Shelter says, the safety of your own home can be the most dangerous place for women and their children if there is violence, but especially during the pandemic. 

Restrictions and barriers due to Covid-19 may have made it more challenging for those experiencing family violence or domestic abuse to leave the home.   However, Prawdzik said it is possible.  The Parkland Crisis Centre and Women’s Shelter remains open 24/7.  We may look a little different, as we are following the public health regulations, but none the less, whether phone counselling, walk-in counselling by appointment or accessing our residential facility, we continue to provide uninterrupted services. 

Domestic violence occurs across all ethnic, racial, religious, age, social and economic groups; whether you are married, dating, single or in a same sex relationship.

In 2019-2020, The Parkland Crisis Centre and Women’s Shelter in Dauphin provided safe, emergency residential shelter services to upwards of approximately 1500 women and their children experiencing domestic abuse or family violence and the Centre received approximately 1300 crisis calls.

The Parkland Crisis Centre and Women’s Shelter is “more than a bed”.  They offer wrap around services- support and advocacy for women who may require community connections with agencies such as legal aid, employment and income assistance, housing, mental health and addictions or seeking a Protection Order.  Prawdzik said they currently have 2 Protection Order designates onsite for anyone needing information on this court order.

You do not have to be in the residential facility to receive the services of the Crisis Centre.  Walk-in appointments can be set up to receive assistance with protection order applications and safety planning, as well as one on one family violence counselling, the Anger Solutions and parenting programs. 


Some of the warning signs of an abusive relationship are:

*Being fearful of a partner who may be dominating or controlling;

*Limited or no access to money or credit;

*Lack of transportation for daily needs;

*Low self-esteem;

*Frequent injuries requiring medical care;

*Anxiety, often leading to depression and a change in mental health; and

*An increase in addictive behaviors.


For Children who are exposed to violence, consequences from this experience can include:

*Emotional trauma;

*Increase in depression or aggression, and

*Injury, permanent disability and even death.

Many of these children also develop physical, psychological or behavioral problems that extend into adolescence and adulthood.

The Parkland Crisis Centre’s mandate is to work with all those experiencing domestic abuse or family violence.

As the use of social media has increased in society, the Parkland Crisis Centre is noticing an alarming rate of increase abuse via texting.

Prawdzik acknowledges that technology has now become an important part of our daily life and we can hardly imagine living without being connected to others, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, like all other aspects of life, when used incorrectly, a dark side can emerge.

Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites have become the norm for communication between family and friends, but these same platforms make it much easier to track, stalk, threaten or abuse victims of violence.

This raises the risk and puts them in danger even in places they may feel they are safe, such as the confines of their own homes.

Shelters across the province are aware of the trend and are taking steps to assist those impacted by techno-stalking and abuse.


One of the most common questions we hear is “why do individuals stay in abusive relationships”?    “Why don’t they just leave”?   Leaving a violent relationship can be the most dangerous time for an individual;

  1. Many victims never tell anyone about the abuse; they feel ashamed or embarrassed, or fear being stigmatized by others
  2. Their partner may have promised to change, or harm themselves or others if they leave
  3. The may live in an isolated area or be socially isolated – no internet/cell service, lacking access to information, resources and support. They may also face communication, language or cultural barriers
  4. They may be economically dependent on their partners and fear poverty for themselves and their children
  5. Emotional abuse can wear down a victim’s self-confidence. They may think the abuse is their fault and be emotionally unable to move forward
  6. They may have strong beliefs about keeping family together, or experience similar pressure from relatives or as part of their culture
  7. They may be reluctant to report the abuse to police, either because they fear retaliation, or believe that the criminal justice system may not be able to assist them.

Everyone has the right to live without fear and violence!  If you are experience domestic abuse or family violence from an intimate partner or other family members, or if you know someone who is, contact the Parkland Crisis Centre Crisis Line @ (204) 638-9484 or toll-free at 1-877-977-0007 to connect you to the closest shelter.

To book an appointment for walk-in counselling, Anger Solutions or Parenting courses, or if you simply require more information, please call our business line at (204) 622-4626.  All our services are confidential!


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Dauphin, Manitoba
R7N 2V4

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