Eastern Region Committee Against Violence

Submitted by Tracey Fleming
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Eastern Region Committee Against Violence Inc.(ERCAV) is a non-profit, voluntary committee, made up of individuals from both government and community that meet regularly in the Clarenville- Bonavista area of Newfoundland to discuss issues relating to violence.

ERCAV is dedicated to raising public awareness on the issue of violence and to ensuring that victims of violence receive fair and equal access to much needed support services.

ERCAV is one of 10 regional committees funded by the Provincial Government’s Violence Prevention Initiative, to assist with the coordination of violence prevention activities in the region. Some of ERCAV initiatives throughout the communities are our annual community walks against violence that occurs every September in Clarenville, Bonavista and Arnold’s Cove.

ERCAV has had Micheal P. Gaultois, who is a motivational speaker, visit Random Island Academy and Anthony Paddon Elementary to talk to the students on “Bullying”. We have also had Anne Marie Hagan, who is a motivational speaker, come and speak to the towns of Clarenville and Bonavista on “The Power of Forgiveness”. We have our annual “Purple Ribbon Campaign” in November on “Respect Women”. In the fall ERCAV did up packages of books on diversity and differences and distribute them to our local schools in the region. During February ERCAV will go into the schools throughout the region and host a number of “Stand Up Against Bullying” activities with the students. ERCAV, with a number of other partnerships, had the play “Spancel” performed at the Clarenville Events Centre in July 15 for our seniors in the region. ERCAV believes that we all share responsibility in violence prevention.

Community + Awareness = Change

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