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Right now, we have four infants under the age of 2 living at Interval House. And this isn’t unusual for us. At any given time, our house is usually full of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers!
It might be hard to think about such young children living in a women’s shelter, having been exposed to domestic violence at a very young age. But for us, it’s an incredibly hopeful sign.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As Canada’s first shelter for abused women and their children, we at Interval House are all too familiar with the realities of domestic violence. This year, we housed more than 150 women and kids who had fled abuse. And yet domestic violence is still a topic that’s swept under the rug in Canada.
Since this important month is all about shedding light on the realities of domestic violence, we created a new infographic that shows the true magnitude of domestic violence in Canada.
At Interval House, we pride ourselves on being more than a shelter – our goal is to be a warm, welcoming home for women and kids fleeing abuse.
Sometimes, we could use a little extra help with making our house feel extra “homey.” That’s why we started Project Joy, an initiative for volunteers to help us repaint many of the spaces around our shelter to make them more joyful for the families here.