Local students guided through the corridors of conjugal violence

Record staff
Staff Writer

The Brome-Missisquoi consultation committee to counter violence against women (La Table de concertation pour contrer la violence faite aux femmes) launched a multimedia exhibit in Granby earlier this month on domestic violence. The exhibit, a 12 metre by 8 metre labyrinth, opened on April 5 and is housed at the Centre Jean-Paul Régimbal in Granby. Serving as an educational tool to point out the warning signs of domestic violence, its cycle, its evolution, the possible consequences of the violence and the ways of getting out of it, the art installation was made available to students in Secondary IV and V from the Val-des-Cerfs and Eastern Townships School Boards. Roughly 800 students were expected to visit the exhibit, which will close this Friday, April 20. Several animators and community volunteers, including members of the local police force, were on site to offer a guided bilingual tour of the multimedia exhibit to students. The installation was designed to realistically portray the life of a young couple the same age as the students, allowing them recognize a toxic relationship through videos, special effects and the reconstruction of sets. The ultimate goal is to prevent and reduce cases of domestic violence as early as possible. The exhibit was first designed in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean in 2008, with the intention of circulating in Quebec schools. The labyrinth stopped in Haute-Yamaska this past December and January and was viewed by 1650 young people, who came out more informed and more equipped to talk about the issue. See full story in the Tuesday, April 17th edition of The Record.