When Haydee made the heart-wrenching decision to leave an abusive relationship, she felt “alone on a life raft, in the middle of a dark ocean.”
With the help of counselling and encouragement from others, she and her daughter began rebuilding their lives.
“That feeling (of support) fuelled my courage and strengthened my determination to start anew.”
What can you do to support women who have experienced violence?
May 1 marks the launch of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s annual Campaign to End Violence, and we’re inviting you to get involved!
All month long, the Foundation is raising awareness and funds for over 450 emergency shelters and violence prevention programs across Canada.
Did you know?
- Approximately every 6 days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner.
- 67% of Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.
- On any given night in Canada, almost 3,500 women and more than 2,700 children sleep in shelters because it isn't safe at home.
When you support the Campaign to End Violence, funds raised go to shelters and violence prevention programs that help women rebuild their lives, counsel children who have witnessed abuse, and teach teens about healthy relationships.
5 WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
1. Be Someone’s Lighthouse: Make a donation and send a message of support to a woman in shelter.
2. Shop for GEN1: Visit any WINNERS or HomeSense store during the month of May and purchase an exclusive item from the Shop for GEN1 collection. 100% of net proceeds will go to support the campaign. Learn more.
5. Read and share the results of our latest omnibus survey: Click here for a summary of our findings and click any of the stats below to download a shareable social media graphic:
4 in 5 Canadians believe the next generation of women in Canada are just as likely to experience sexual assault.
87% of Canadians believe the next generation of women in Canada are just as likely to experience online harassment.
81% of Canadians believe the next generation of women in Canada are just as likely to experience physical violence from their partner.
6. Have friends in Winnipeg? Tell them about Hands to Heart: Yoga for a Cause!
All proceeds from the event go directly towards our violence prevention work in Manitoba.
If you or someone you know is seeking support to deal with abuse or violence, visit sheltersafe.ca to find out about resources in your province or territory.
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