Are you being abused? Read, share and stop the circle of violence.

“The common depiction of abuse is black eyes and bruises. But, it’s important to know domestic violence can take other forms: emotional or psychological, sexual, financial and/or spiritual abuse.” “We’ve prepared a toolkit to help you understand the various forms abuse can take so you can better assess your relationship and understand your situation. You can download the toolkit here, or by using the gray DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT button above.” Am I being Abused. THE TOOLKIT. Introduction When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to determine if … Continue reading






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LEAVE AN ABUSER. Go with a survival plan & resources.

Amanda at Domestic Shelters advises. “Creating a safety plan before leaving is an instrumental step toward staying safe. As Marylouise Kelley, director, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Service told DomesticShelters.org last September, “If you’re in the midst of a crisis it’s really hard to think straight. Putting a plan in place ahead of time, knowing where things are and having children understand what steps they can take to be safe—those are all things that are best done in advance.” How to formulate a plan “After he was served with … Continue reading






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Abuse victims turned away from shelters, return to abusers.

We can make a difference in our communities by supporting Women’s Shelters to ensure they have adequate space and protection. Shelter staff should not have to go hat in hand to government begging for funding crumbs but be on the top of financial distribution lists for continual support. “In an anonymous survey on DomesticShelters.org, more than 40 percent of the 247 responders said they chose to return to their abuser when they were turned away from an emergency shelter because of a lack of space. “ “Having nowhere else to … Continue reading






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Abuse victims turned away from shelters, return to abusers.

We can make a difference in our communities by supporting Women’s Shelters to ensure they have adequate space and protection. Shelter staff should not have to go hat in hand to government begging for funding crumbs but be on the top of financial distribution lists for continual support. “In an anonymous survey on DomesticShelters.org, more than 40 percent of the 247 responders said they chose to return to their abuser when they were turned away from an emergency shelter because of a lack of space. Domestic Shelters “ “Having nowhere … Continue reading






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24 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone With an Abusive Partner

Motivate, Encourage and Support. “If the power is going out of your life or in somebody’s life around you because they don’t know if they can find their way out. Be that light for them and let your light shine before them.” Tyler Perry Motivate, encourage and support Are we guilty of these, thinking we are being supportive but in fact adding to her sorrow and pain? 1. Why don’t you just leave? 2. I’m sure it will pass. 3. I told you I didn’t like him. I always had … Continue reading






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Fear. Overcoming it and finding courage.

Fear Overcoming it Finding Courage “He sits on my chest and pins my arms with his knees, then beats my face. The last time I was in the hospital with a broken eye socket and jaw for a week. The bruises and humiliation from not leaving compounded my pain.” This Combat Martial Arts student of mine learned to channel her former fear. She left him immediately with the help of the local Women’s Resource Centre and six months later they met by chance in the local grocery store and she … Continue reading






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Equality. Leverage. Skill. COURAGE!

Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Dr. Maya Angelou Sarah McLauchlan’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2017 Juno awards, reflects a strong, driven and accomplished woman. How did she get that confidence and determination? “I am grateful for luck of geography, being born in a country where the rights of girls and women are respected.” Sarah-McLachlans. Determined Canadian success Margie Warrell writes for Forbes and says, “Our deep desire to belong coupled … Continue reading






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Domestic Abuse & preventing the darkness that consumes survivors.

“How do we perceive strength? How do we perceive weakness? And what are they both, actually?” Maria Shriver Strength is the ability to stand for your beliefs and moral code, regardless. The compromising often starts at the first meeting or date and once you descend to that darkness, it becomes harder and harder to extricate yourself. “Each year, 13,000 British Columbians ask police for help because a partner or spouse is physically or emotionally abusing them. Each year, more than 30,000 women and children are referred for counselling and outreach … Continue reading






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Rape culture unchanged in twenty-six years.

Time magazine cover 1991 “Ms. Koestner has appeared on the cover of “TIME” Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 1600 schools in North America. Her audiences include the incoming classes at MIT, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Brown University, Amherst College, Williams College, and many other top universities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was … Continue reading






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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2017: Five things you need to know International Women’s Day 2017: What is it, how did it start and why is it so important? “International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8. Is is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities.” Trudeau International Women’s Day $650 … Continue reading






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