LETTER: Thank you to Premier Clark

Dear Premier Clark,

As members of the Abbotsford/Mission Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) Committee, we wish to applaud you for your comments that appeared in the Vancouver Sun article on Oct. 14,  entitled “Premier Clark calls for widespread condemnation of Trump’s views of women”.

Our committee is represented by a variety of government ministries and social service agencies supporting families affected by violence against women and children in the Abbotsford/Mission area.

We strive to integrate our services in as collaborative a manner as possible to provide safety and support to victims of violence and abuse and to work well together with regard to offender management and enforcement.

Our committee also plays a public awareness role in our community, taking steps to keep intimate partner violence and its effects on women, children, and society in the public discourse.

We thank you for highlighting that as citizens of British Columbia and the world, we must never allow it to be okay to degrade, objectify, or abuse women.

We appreciate that the decision to comment publicly on this matter during the final days of the presidential race may have been a difficult choice, and we commend you for making the choice to “#saysomething”.

We pledge to continue to do so likewise in our respective roles because if we allow ourselves to be bystanders, we only contribute to the problem.

With appreciation,

Abbotsford/Mission VAWIR Committee:

Mission RCMP Mission Public Health Unit

Mission Police Based Victim Service Program Abbotsford Forensic Nursing Team

Abbotsford Police Based Victim Service Program Domestic Violence Crown Counsel(s)

Abbotsford Police Department – Domestic Violence Unit Elizabeth Fry Society

Ministry of Children and Family Development (DVU) Ministry of Social Development

Abbotsford/Mission Specialized Victim Assistance Programs Mennonite Central Committee

Donna Maser – Family Lawyer Correctional Service of Canada

Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society Abbotsford Community Corrections

Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley University of the Fraser Valley