Abuse-awareness campaign wraps up

Domestic violence in the spotlight as Rakhi Project comes to close.

Staff at Surrey RCMP’s Newton branch display Rakhi bracelets

A campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse in Surrey wrapped up last month, raising funds for a city-run abuse-prevention coalition.

The Rakhi Project, in its fifth year, took place July 15 to Aug. 29, aiming to bring communities and organizations together to speak out against domestic abuse.

More than 1,000 bracelets were sold in support of the project; funds from the sale will support the city’s Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.

This year’s campaign – spearheaded by the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP and DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society – focused on the role of first responders in answering domestic abuse calls.

“As police officers, we understand that we provide a vital resource for victims and their families during such difficult family crises,” Surrey RCMP chief Supt. Bill Fordy said in a release.

To find out more, visit www.surrey.ca/community/8414.aspx

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