The Garrison Petawawa Family Violence Advisory Team (FVAT) organized a presentation on addressing family violence for organizations in Renfrew County on Oct. 17 at Troyes Cinema. From left are Paul Henry, Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County; Lieutenant Krista Erickson, Social Work Officer; Lisa Yull, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Senior Policy Analyst Vulnerable Persons Unit; Michael Bradbury, Probation/Parole Officer; Diane Hokum, Military Police Victim Services Coordinator; Chris Quigley, Crisis Intervention Worker at the Petawawa Military Resource Centre (PMFRC) and Dana Lawson, Manager Health Promotion. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

FVAT presentation takes a stand against family violence

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 1, 2018

The Garrison Petawawa Family Violence Advisory Team (FVAT) is drawing a line in the sand, making it clear that family violence will not be tolerated.

“It is something that is happening and that is not talked about,” said Social Work Officer Lieutenant (Lt) Krista Erickson. “It is such a taboo topic, there is such a stigma around it that people are not open to discussing it.”

To shed some light on the issue, the FVAT invited different organizations and groups, both military and civilian, to attend a presentation on Oct. 17.

“We wanted there to be an opportunity for the information to be spread and for partnering agencies across Renfrew County to come and find something they can take away to their own agencies and hopefully apply to the populations they are working with,” said Lt Erickson.

This presentation was held during the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Take a Stand Against Family Violence Campaign, which communicates just how important it is to have healthy interpersonal and family relationships while also aiming at preventing violence and abuse within the CAF.

“If people are looking for help, we have answers, we have ways for them to get help,” said Lt Erickson.

Lisa Yull, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Senior Policy Analyst with the Vulnerable Persons Unit, was the event’s keynote speaker.

During her presentation, she covered issues like gender-based violence, family and intimate partner violence, cultural differences, LGBTQ2 + and how to avoid harmful practices while dealing with vulnerable members of the population.

Though she did so mostly from a policing stance, her suggestions and tips were designed to be used by anyone looking to prevent or who have been a victim of violence.

Ultimately, she hoped that people realized that though people are different, they should ultimately just be treated with kindness and respect.

“The person that is standing in front of us is human, we are all human,” said Yull.

“Every single person wants to matter,” she added. “Sitting in front of me you want to be seen, you want to be heard and you want to know that I recognize something in you.”

She appreciated the opportunity to come to speak to so many people from so many different local organizations and would be happy to do so again in order to help prevent violence and help those in such situations.

To contact the Family Violence Advisory Team, please call 613-687-5511 ext. 4600.