October 2013

Fall 2013 Newsletter

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 “I arrived at Interval House as a young boy in the early 1990’s.”

Inside this issue:

Give her a soft place to fall

No matter her age, economic status, ethnic background or religion, each woman who has arrived at our door has felt the helplessness brought on by abuse. And because of your compassion and your involvement with Interval House, each one can be rescued and restored to a life of hope and peace.

Your gift is the first step in a changed life.

Happy 40th!

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For 40 years Interval House has continued to make history alongside the women’s movement in Canada. It is with the support of incredible people like you that we have come so far in protecting women and girls, and advocating for their rights.

In the 1990s, Interval House started a groundbreaking program called Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS). BESS is an employment program that helps abused women overcome their specific challenges. Over the years hundreds of women have taken the program, and many of them are on their own paths to success.

The Technology has changed. The problem hasn’t.

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Their partners scroll through their text messages. They inspect their call logs. They demand Skype and FaceTime check-ins as proof that their wives and girlfriends are where they say they are. The rise of GPS tracking within devices also raises concerns. It’s the downside of smartphone technology: Abusive husbands and boyfriends have a new way to control their partners.

Are you or someone you know being STALKED?

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Criminal harassment, more commonly known as STALKING, is a crime. Generally it consists of repeated conduct that is carried out over a period of time and which causes you to reasonably fear for your safety or the safety of someone known to you.

Stalking does not have to result in physical injury in order to make it a crime. The law protects you even if the conduct of the stalker is not done with the intent to scare you. It is enough if the conduct does scare you. This may be an advance warning of the possibility of future violent acts.

Interval House changed our lives

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“I arrived at Interval House as a young boy in the early 1990’s. As a new, immigrant family, my mother, siblings and I were alone with very little support.

Interval House was fundamental to our family establishing a new life in Canada – essentially in starting over. Their offer of support was almost like being given a second chance and my family took that opportunity gladly.