Violence Prevention South & Central was formed in 1991 out of concern for issues of family violence in Central Newfoundland. It is an alliance of community and government agencies working to eradicate violence in our homes and communities by increasing awareness, engaging the public and media, and advocating on behalf of victims of violence.
VPSC fosters partnerships through collaboration with partner departments and agencies (listed below): In addition, we act as a liaison with provincial and local community stakeholders in efforts to educate the community as we work toward a violence-free society.
The following agencies are represented with this organization:
- Advanced Education & Skills
- Central Health Authority (various departments)
- Community Youth Network
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Conne River Health Services
- Department of Justice- Victim Services
- Exploits Valley Community Coalition
- Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
- Nova Central School Board
- Status of Women Central
The committee is one of ten Regional Coordinating Committees funded through the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The VPI reflects government’s commitment to addressing the problem of violence in this province. The Initiative is a multi-departmental, government-community partnership to find long term solutions to the problem of violence against those most at risk in our society - women, children, seniors, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable people who are victims of violence because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status.
Safe supportive communities based on respect and equality for all.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors consist of, but is not limited to, representation from key partners and community groups throughout the south & central region, as identified in the preamble. It may also consist of any person or groups who have an interest in violence prevention in the central west region.
The Board of Directors function as a governing board and is a consulting body, providing overall support to Executive committees and staff members of the VPSC.
The Executive of the Board of Directors consists of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The role of the Executive is to bring recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. Executive committees meet monthly before the general board meeting.
Board Members of the VPSC serve on sub-committees to assist with the numerous scope of work done in the region.
Board of Directors of the VPSC enter into annual contracts with the Province's Violence Prevention Initiative to guide violence prevention work.
There are presently two staff working with VPSC. Linda Nuotio-Flynn, Executive Director and Katherine Arnold, Program and Events Coordinator.