May 2016

Does Substance Abuse Cause Domestic Violence?

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In February of this year, Interval House posed this question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey: “What are the most important factors that contribute to abusive behaviour?” We let them answer in their own words and used the most common responses to make a word cloud. Each week for the next month, we’re addressing a common attitude about the causes of domestic violence to investigate: is it true? Or is it a myth? In this post, we answer: does substance abuse cause domestic violence?

Meet Shirin: Part 4

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Individual Counselling & Case Management

Recently, we introduced you to Shirin, one of our long-time Women’s Counsellor Advocates. Each month, we’ll be shadowing Shirin to give you an idea of what a day’s work is like as a counsellor at Interval House.

What are the causes of domestic violence?

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What are the most important factors that contribute to abusive behaviour?

In February of this year, Interval House posed this question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey. We let them answer in their own words: what did they think the reason was that people become abusive?

Based on their responses, we created a word cloud, which shows the prevalence of different words in respondents’ answers: the bigger the word, the more commonly it appeared in answers to our question.

Art Heals

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a piece of art? Art in all of it’s varying forms has long been used by humans across all cultures to convey emotion, represent perceptions, cultivate self-growth, and tell stories. Art and experiencing art allow for human connection, emotional healing, and self-expression. It’s no wonder that expressive art is part of Interval House’s holistic healing approach for both women and children.