June 2016

Victim Blaming: Changing the conversation around abuse

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Hollywood and the celebrity gossip mill often seem like harmless forms of entertainment – dissecting the fashion, lifestyles, and personal lives of entertainers can be lighthearted water cooler conversations. The personal lives and dramas of our favourite entertainers become global news stories, and we see relationships play out on a massive scale.

Is domestic violence about power and control?

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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 a desire for power and control cause domestic violence?

Summer 2016 Newsletter

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"Thinking back on it now, I don’t remember seeing my mom sad. It’s amazing how parents can shelter kids
from this kind of stuff. I didn’t even know that it wasn’t our home. I just thought it was a really fun place."

Inside this Issue:

Bobi & Anne: Turning their retail knowledge into a new start for women

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The first time Anne and Bobi came to Interval House, they were part of a corporate volunteer group that volunteered for a day around the holidays. In addition to decorating and cooking a big family meal, they toured the house and heard stories about women who had the courage to leave an abusive home—women who were brave enough to start their lives from scratch, caring for their children alone.

I have only wonderful memories of my time at Interval House

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On my quest to find happiness, I took a meditation class and I learned about the word seva: it means service. The whole idea is to be more compassionate—to give without expecting anything back—and it got me thinking about reconnecting with a place that made such a positive impact on my life.

Helping kids feel their way to a life without violence

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It’s okay to be angry, but it’s the way we deal with our anger that matters. That’s the message at the heart of a new activity introduced in the children’s program designed to teach kids to develop good coping strategies. The Zones of Regulation1 sessions start with colour-coded zones—red, yellow, green and blue—to help children identify how their brains and bodies feel.

How long do women stay?

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When a woman leaves an abusive situation and comes to our shelter, she’ll have many questions and unknowns about Interval House, the process, and the timelines for rebuilding her life. One of the questions we’re asked most often is how long do women stay at our shelter?

The answer: A woman will typically stay at our shelter for three to four months. This timeline is for several reasons. After her stay with Interval House, many residents will move into City of Toronto subsidized housing. This resettlement process takes three to four months.

Does a history of childhood abuse cause abusive behaviour?

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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 a history of childhood abuse cause abusive behaviour?

At Interval House, we speak empowerment

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The life experiences of women who live at Interval House are as diverse as their cultural backgrounds.  In 2015 alone, our residents spoke 29 different languages.

Not having English as a first language can be an extra challenge that survivors face in order to access resources and to lead an independent life away from domestic violence. At Interval House, we want to make sure that women are set up for success, and supporting them in their language learning is crucial.

Is domestic violence caused by mental illness or anger?

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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: do mental illness or anger management issues cause domestic violence?