October 2016

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Falls 2016 Newsletter

"If BESS did not exist, I would probably be on social assistance and stumbling through life unsure of how to
reach my goals. I am now living on my own in a safe neighbourhood— it’s a place that I never imagined possible three months ago.”

Inside this Issue:

Myth-Busting: What are the causes of domestic violence?

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Earlier this year Interval House posed a question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey to uncover some of the common myths, attitudes, ideas and misperceptions about the causes of domestic violence.

The most common responses appear in the word cloud below.

BESS Sets Women Up for Success

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Interval House takes a holistic approach to the goal of ending violence against women by placing women’s empowerment at the centre of its support services. The fact of the matter is that a woman who escapes abuse is not only healing wounds, she is re-building her life from scratch.

Making BESS Even Better

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Interval House won’t settle for the status quo, and neither will the women it serves. This month, Interval House staff will implement an extensive redesign of the BESS program to ensure that no woman is falling through the gaps.

Annual Open House 2016

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This year’s 2016 Open House was a huge success. Many thanks to everyone in attendance including our guests, staff, and volunteers. Special thank you to our speakers who inspired and demonstrated the importance of what Interval House does for the community and for the women and children fleeing intimate partner violence.  

Domestic Violence Doesn't Discriminate

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Domestic violence happens everywhere and can happen to anyone.

In a recent survey conducted by Interval House, we found that half of Greater Toronto residents believe domestic violence is more likely to  occur in low-income areas. But we know that domestic violence doesn’t discriminate.

We took police data from 2014 to 2015 and mapped domestic violence-related charges across the city of Toronto. Each dot represents 20 charges related to domestic violence against women between 2014 and 2015.