Womens Shelters

How Canada's 1st Women's Shelters Saved Women From Their Husbands

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada

"There never had been a place like this."

Look To Women's Shelters To Help Shape Mental Health Conversations

YWCA Toronto | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
YWCA Toronto

Some of the most passionate mental health advocates work in women's shelters. Women on the front-lines for addressing mental health needs. Women supporting other women to find safety, stability, and empowerment in their lives -- in a way, sisterhood embodied.

Budget Brings New Hope To Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living

"The reality is yes, a lot of shelters are at capacity and the sad fact is, yes, there is a real need for greater creation of space."

This Window Display Reveals A Darker Side Of The Holidays

Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living

Transitional shelters see an increase of 30 per cent in calls for support during the holidays.

New Website Aims To Connect Abused Women Seeking Shelter With Help

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Impact

A new website aims to give women and children seeking shelter from domestic abuse a one-stop connection to help.

Violence Against Mothers Is Not a Single-Victim Crime

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

When mothers are abused their children are also significantly impacted. The abuse ripple-effect is far reaching. Children who witness their mother's abuse can experience learning challenges, behavioural and mental health issues and these long-term effects can extend far into adulthood. The Interval House study also showed the majority of Canadians do not believe that a woman should stay in an abusive relationship for the sake of the children. It is a positive shift that so many Canadians support mothers leaving an abusive relationship, rather than insisting on keeping the family unit intact no matter what.

Why I'm Disturbed By the Results of This Domestic Violence Poll in Ontario

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Abuse is always the responsibility of the abuser. Always. If we want to significantly change attitudes and feel optimistic about progress then we need to hear people saying loudly that there is no action or choice by a victim that can ever justify abuse. Not if she cheats on him, if she's a bad cook, if she nags, if she hates his mother, if she is passive, if she has different priorities, if she's stressed out, if she doesn't feel like sex, if she likes to spend, if she's a poor communicator, if she hates mopping the floor or if she forgets his birthday.

What Kind of Man Wears High Heels?

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Jerry Dias

Until women of all ages can exist without the terror of violence, can move around at any time of the day without fear of consequence, and can enjoy equal access to opportunities in all areas of life, none of us are truly free. I'm taking responsibility to end violence, by not only participating in this walk, but by talking to other men about their responsibility to end violence and promote gender equality.

Why You Should Care About International Women's Day

Amber Rehman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada
Amber Rehman

With so many international atrocities committed against women on a daily basis, I as a woman in the west sometimes feel that there is very little that we can do. But living in the lap of luxury doesn't remove the sadness one feels when they see the news reports. I feel overwhelmed by the state of women and believe we should act more. This International Women's Day let us educate ourselves and the society at large.

"No One Ever Says 'I Want to Grow Up Homeless'"

Caroline Mulroney Lapham | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Caroline Mulroney Lapham

How does a woman who was abused by her father and addicted to drugs by her parents at that age ever get back on her feet? How does she grow up to become a functioning member of society? It can be hard enough for people with parents who care for them to succeed in life and find happiness, but with criminal acts perpetrated by family members this seems impossible.

Soup Sister's Recipe for Entrepreneurial Success

Laura Martin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Impact
Laura Martin

Social Enterprise is defined by Donors Forum as "A nonprofit venture that combines the passion of a social mission with the discipline, innovation, and determination commonly associated with for-profit businesses." The hard truth is that many budding social enterprises, like business start-ups, are doomed to failure. What is it, then, that put Soup Sisters in the winner's circle in this precarious environment?

The Woman Serving up Soup For a Good Cause

Laura Martin | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Impact
Laura Martin

On any given Sunday, women and men across the country gather together in professional kitchens under the guidance of professional chefs and produce litres and litres of nourishing, nurturing soups for Monday morning delivery to their local women's shelters. Nationally, Soup Sisters' events now churn out approximately 8,000 bowls of soup a month for 25 women's emergency shelters and youth-at-risk centres from Ottawa to Vancouver Island.