Police and RMOW support Purple Light Nights Campaign


2022-10-24 14:18 PDT

The RCMP with support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, are coordinating a local Purple Light Nights Campaign event to bring awareness to intimate partner violence and domestic violence (IPV/DV).

October is a month of shining a light on IPV/DV, with a clear message that neither are acceptable in our community. The campaign honours those who lost their lives to IPV/DV, it supports survivors, and it gives hope to those still living with abuse.

The Purple Light Nights Campaign began in 2006 in Covington, Washington. In show of support of the growing event and for victims and survivors, Whistler RCMP will be lighting up Fitzsimmons Bridge from October 26-30, 2022.

 Fitzsimmons Bridge lit up with purple lights

Constable Guneet Pannu is the new Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Investigator at the Sea to Sky – Whistler Detachment. Her role includes oversight of all IPV/DV investigations, working with local community partners, and bringing awareness to IPV/DV. There is no discrimination in IPV/DV, it can affect people of any culture, sexual orientation, economic background, or age, says Constable Pannu. Of 6,296 files we investigated last year, 45 were IPV/DV related, and that’s 45 too many.

Victims can seek local and area supports through Victim Services, Howe Sound Women’s Center, or the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia. Victims can also make anonymous/third party reports that are for information only. Or, if victims want police to do a full investigation and recommend charges, they can make a full report. Support workers can provide detailed information about reporting options.

For more information, phone Whistler Victim Services at 604-905-1969, go to www.hswc.ca, or go to www.endingviolence.org

Whistler RCMP wishes to thank the Remote Municipality of Whistler for their support.

Released by

Cpl. Angela Kermer

Media Relations Officer
Sea to Sky RCMP
Office: 604-892-6137
Cell: 604 848-4793

Email: bcrcmp-grcencb@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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