PEI Family Violence Prevention Week, February 12 to 18, 2017, is focusing on what bystanders can do to help prevent and end violence. On December 6, 2016, at the Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown, PEI, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Chairperson Mari Basiletti told her story of surviving an assault and having her life saved by a bystander's intervention. Mari's experience wasn't family violence, but the bystander did not know this. Taking action as a bystander can save lives. Find out more about PEI's Family Violence Prevention Week at http://stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca.
Dima Mreesh arrived in Canada as a refugee from Syria. She told her story as a guest speaker at the 2016 Charlottetown Montreal Massacre Memorial Service hosted by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The theme of the service was "Believe Survivors," including survivors of war and all forms violence against women.