Peel Says No to Violence (PSNTV) is a community project to improve understanding of FDV, raise awareness of local FDV support services, and take action to prevent FDV in the Peel region. PSNTV employs an Active Alliance model where organisations including schools, businesses and community groups become members as an active two-year pledge to take action to prevent family and domestic violence, either internally within their organisation or through engagement with the broader community.
The Alliance built strongly in 2018 and 2019 to 38 members including local Members of Parliament, businesses, community groups and schools. A subgroup Peel Schools Say No to Violence also commenced and was active in 2018 and 2019.
When COVID-19 became an issue in early 2020, the work of Alliance members essentially stopped. Even though schools were closed for a relatively short period of time, they were focussed on supporting their students and staff and did not deliver primary prevention activities in 2020 or 2021. Likewise, community groups did not hold activities or events during the period.
The Alliance used the “downtime” to evaluate and update the website, reframe the pledges and make it easier for Alliance members to commit to being a member. With the change to a two-year pledge, we have begun to re-engage with existing members and seek out new members.