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April 21, 2012

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2012

Moving Forward is the theme of this year's National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, taking place across Canada from April 22 to 28, 2012. Activities across the country will focus on raising awareness of services available to victims of crime in Canada. Surrey Women’s Centre will commemorate the week by sharing stories of courage and change from the perspective of a diverse group of women. Each day we will feature a face of courage – a personal snapshot into one woman’s healing journey after escaping violence. Set against the back drop of the revised Violence Against Women in Relationships Policy (VAWIR) and the City of Surrey's award-winning Crime Reduction Strategy, the stories will highlight how far we have come over the last thirty years and how much more work there is to be done to end violence against women and children.

Intended to generate public dialogue and shift the social norms that silence victims of domestic violence, the campaign will capitalize on the power of social media by blogging a new story each day of National Victims of Crime Week on our micro site http://facesofcourage.ca .

Each day starting April 22, please visit http://facesofcourage.ca to read their stories, share them with your social networks, and celebrate women’s acts of courage and change. National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2012 will be launched in Ottawa on April 23, 2012 by the federal Ministers of Justice and Public Safety, when victims, victim advocates and representatives working in the area of victim issues will gather for the seventh annual Federal Symposium hosted by the Government of Canada. For more information on National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, visit: http://www.victimsweek.gc.ca

Sonya Boyce, sb@surreywomencentre.ca 778.908.2052 Jamie Cooper, jc@surreywomencentre.ca 778.858.6511

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