Our Purpose

The Stop Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee works collaboratively to educate and provide information about services available to the community, and works towards ending violence against women in Perth County. The Committee recognizes that experiences of violence and abuse lie within systems of oppression and are shaped by diverse experiences. Given this, the STOP V.A.W committee is committed to advocating for education related to all experiences of abuse in the community.

Our Goals

  1. To provide education to the community in order to prevent violence against women.
  2. To share service information, resources, and statistics and increase understanding of the complex dynamics of violence against women.
  3. To collaborate with other organizations to help ensure that women have up-to-date resources and information about legal, social and medical systems.
  4. To identify and address gaps in service and trends in service provision


  • Membership is open to organizations that address the issue of violence against women.
  • The committeee currently meets bi-monthly, and participates in numerous national, international, and local projects and events brining awarness around the issue of violence against women; and providing information to the community working towards ending violence against women.

Current Membership

  • Emily Murphy Centre
  • Family Services Perth-Huron
  • Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society
  • Ontario Provincial Police Perth County
  • Optimism Place
  • Probation & Parole
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
  • Stratford Police Service
  • Supervised Access Program Huron-Perth
  • Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth
  • Victim Witness Assistance Program
  • Huron-Perth Catholic School Board
  • Stratford General Hospital Sexual Abuse Treatment Program


About Violence Against Women

Violence against women involves the behaviour of an intimate partner with the intent to intimidate, by either threat or use of physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse to partner or property. The purpose of assault is to control behaviour by inducement of fear. Underlying all abuse is a power imbalance between the victim and the offender. Intimate partner includes those in dating relationships, married couples, common-law partners, same sex partners and ex-partners. Abuse can happen inside or outside the home.

A Look at Violence Against Women in Perth County in 2019

Shelter Crisis/Helpline Calls

Women/Children in Shelters

Police Domestic Violence Calls

Police Reported Sexual Assaults

Reports of Sexual Violence to Women's Services

Police Domestic Violence Charges

Women/Children in Second Stage

Important Dates in the Violence Against Women (VAW) Sector

March 8th – International Women’s Day (IWD)

A global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  More

November – Violence Against Women Awareness Month in Ontario

It is every woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security – free from the threat of violence – in her home and community. More

Take Back The Night

Since 1976, women have protested rape and sexual assault through Take Back the Night These marches protested the violence and fear that women encountered walking the streets at night. These events developed into a movement across the United States and Europe resulting in broader activities to raise awareness of violence against women.

May – Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Ontario

Since 1988, communities and organizations use this time to increase awareness of and work to end all forms of sexual violence.  More

November 25th –International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

It is every woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security – free from the threat of violence – in her home and community.  More

The 16 Days of Activism (25 Nov – 10 December)

This is an international campaign linking violence against women to human rights. The 16 day period links two significant dates: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day.   More

December 6th – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, 1989, 14 women studying at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were killed in a gender-based act of violence. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared December 6th to be the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenMore