Shine a purple light into the night

Forum focused on domestic violence

A Community Forum on Domestic Violence is set Oct. 30 at Chilliwack City Hall, and is part of the Purple Light Nights awareness campaign.

A shocking number of Chilliwack families try to deal with the impact of domestic violence every year.

Many are not aware of the full range of specialized services out there to assist with this particular kind of relationship and intimate partner abuse.

A Community Forum on Domestic Violence is set to remedy that.

The forum starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Chilliwack City Hall, and is part of the annual Purple Light Nights awareness campaign held every October.

“Through education and awareness we can diminish the negative effects of domestic violence in our communities, and ensure the community is aware of resources available to help,” said RCMP Cpl. Harinder Kheleh, one of the event organizers.

“We are excited to have Angus attend our forum this year to talk about breaking the silence and being more than a bystander.”

BC Lions’ alumni Angus Reid will be there to talk about the ‘Be More than A Bystander’ campaign, which seeks to understand the full impact of men’s violence against women. The program by Ending Violence Association BC and BC Lions breaks the silence around violence by providing tools, and practical ideas on how to communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable.

RCMP, as well as other partners, community charities and social service providers with Purple Light Nights committee will be addressing the crowd.

The forum will be held at Chilliwack City Hall, 8550 Young Road, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

It’s free and children are welcome.