February 2016

How does domestic violence affect a woman’s career?

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When a woman is living in an abusive situation, her home is often a dangerous and stressful place. But the impact of domestic violence on her career is an important factor often not talked about. 

What does family mean? Family Day reflections

Children's artwork about their families

Family Day happens in Ontario every year on the third Monday of February. After Valentine’s celebrations, Family Day is a great chance to have some down time with family and friends, playing out with the snow (if climate change permits!) or staying into the comfort of our homes for a full day. 

Winter 2016 Newsletter

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"As soon as a woman calls the shelter asking for a space, safety planning begins. Being on the other end of the phone, it’s always heartbreaking to hear the stories. But the best way to help a woman who is fleeing a violent home is to equip her with the tools she needs to get herself and her kids to safety."

Inside this issue:

The Value of an Exit Plan

Children's artwork depicting "our safe house"

When a woman is ready to leave Interval House and move into an apartment of her own, the first thing she does is to pack a little bag of essentials to put under the bed in case her ex-partner should ever show up. She needs to be ready to get out fast.  Just like the first time.

The Safety Plan Overview

Girl colouring at a table

1) Moment

  • Figure out when would be the best time to leave. 
  • Leave when there is enough time and space, while an abuser is out of the house.
  • Pack the essentials (keys, ID, cheque book, immigration papers) and make sure to collect a few items that bring comfort to the children
  • Have an escape route planned for each floor of the building

2) Children 

  • Teach children “a secret safe word” and how to call for help. 

The Value of an Entry Safety Plan

Kid's welcome pack from Interval House, with a colouring book, pajamas and playdo

As soon as a woman calls the shelter asking for a space, safety planning begins. Being on the other end of the phone, it’s always heartbreaking to hear the stories. But the best way to help a woman who is fleeing a violent home is to equip her with the tools she needs to get herself and her kids to safety.