The 5th annual Hearts in the Park raises awareness of Sask. Domestic Violence – Regina |

Wednesday was the chance for Regina residents to put their hearts on the line at this year’s Hearts in the Park event.

Led by Circle Project Association, the event brings the community together to raise awareness domestic violence And provide an environment for survivors to share their stories.

Community members gather in Victoria Park for various discussions, for cultural celebrations and to hang giant red hearts that represent how they are connected to domestic violence.

Ann Perry, executive director of the Circle Project, said she hopes that “one day everyone will be able to gather in the park knowing that they have made a huge difference in reducing the amount of intimate partner violence in the community.”

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This year marks the fifth annual event held in collaboration with The Offenders, Family Services Regina and the Regina Police Service.

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“Hearts in the Park is a special community event in Victoria Park in downtown Regina,” Regina Police said. “This event raises the level of awareness in our community about the impacts and effects of violence, especially as it affects victims.”

Saskatchewan has the highest rates of intimate personal violence in Canada.

Perry said breaking the cycle of violence requires working with families in several phases.

“That means we need someone who works with children and we need someone who works with criminals,” she explained. “We really want to see a shining light on violence in our community because it’s important that we talk about these things.

“As great as it is to be in the park, the perfect ending will raise the level of awareness that at some point, we can come together as a community and celebrate that we have made a big difference in our community by reducing the levels of Of violence.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, there are resources available. In case of emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance.

Are you or someone you know experiencing abuse? Visit the Department of Justice Victim Services Directory For a list of support services in your area.

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Women, trans and non-binary people An additional list of resources can be found online,

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