Recognizing London's Leadership; Shine the Light on Woman Abuse

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the abuse of women is an unacceptable tragedy that affects women from all walks of life. It is often left unspoken, swept under the rug. But the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign started by the London Abused Women's centre in 2010, aims to change that reality and get women the help they need and deserve.

Because of raised awareness during the shine the light campaign in November 2011, service demands in London increased by 125%. That demand has remained constant and during the summer of 2012, more than 600 women, their families or friends called for support or information to help a loved one who was being abused. That volume of calls was unprecedented in the centre's 30-year history.

I am grateful that this very successful awareness campaign has spread to seven communities across Ontario and I share the dream of shining a purple light in every community in Canada

    With everyone's help, we can spread the message of courage, survival and hope. We can finally end woman abuse.