A society in which no form of violence is tolerated.
To ensure that all residents of the Southeast can live in safety and free from violence.
Openness, fairness, integrity, excellence and transparency.
The Violence Prevention Centre has a mission or goal of reaching out through its services. The Centre’s mission is “to ensure that all residents of the Southeast can live in safety and free from violence” by effectively meeting the needs of victimized families and coordinating services to be developed at the regional and/or provincial level.
The Violence Prevention Centre’s mandate is to prevent violence through awareness-building activities and programs, by making everyone aware that violence exists. The Centre also seeks to ensure that the services it offers effectively meet the needs of victims and are provided in their home communities so that they have access to quality services in their region rather than far from home. In order to offer quality services to victims/survivors of violence, the Centre coordinates services to be developed in the communities through partnerships and with the participation of the entire community in developing a common strategic plan.
The Violence Prevention Centre was born out of the work of a Kent County intersectoral committee on violence. Following a process and partnership with the community, a group of individuals interested in the issue of violence met in the summer of 1997 to study the feasibility of establishing a violence prevention centre in Kent.
The project was inspired by the community development approach and focused on the creation of intercommunity partnerships in a spirit of collective management of the community’s well-being. Success depended on community participation. It also had to promote concepts of prevention, visibility, awareness-building and public education about everything affected by violence, both near and far.
A board of directors was formed in 1998 to put the plan in motion for the Kent Violence Prevention Centre.
In 1999, the Centre was incorporated and hired its first employee, the Prevention Centre’s director.
The Kent Violence Prevention Centre officially opened in 2000, and action research was implemented to uncover the needs of Kent County residents.
The Kent safe house, called “Serenity House,” officially opened in 2004.
In 2008, the Violence Prevention Centre began construction of housing units that would become the Maison Oasis and, in 2009, the creation of second-stage housing was completed. Thanks to this achievement, there are now five housing units available for female victims of violence.
In 2013, the work of the Kent Violence Prevention Centre was honoured with the “Temple de la renommée de la prévention du crime” award. The Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick Inc. was honoured and pleased to bestow this award on the Violence Prevention Centre for its commitment and professional conduct, which have made a major contribution to crime prevention in New Brunswick.
March 2016 witnessed the signing of an interministerial protocol and the official opening of the Boreal Child and Youth Expertise Centre, which is focused on the needs of young victims of sexual abuse.