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Leaving an abusive relationship is incredibly difficult. It requires the knowledge that support is within reach and no one is completely alone. A challenging, scary time in a woman’s life, there’s usually no room for taking a breath and relaxing.
“I wish my mother had brought my brother and me to a shelter like this when we were children,” he said as he left our meeting at Interval House. He’s the articulate, confident CEO of a successful Canadian company, but his posture changed and his face revealed pain when he opened up to speak of the abuse his mother experienced at the hands of his father. His eyes welled up as he talked about what it felt like to be a boy living in that house. You could see it still haunted him and is what drives him to live his life in a different way than his father.
Not being familiar with the local language can be a huge barrier to success. So over the last year, a committee of amazing volunteers have helped to give the women at our shelter the best chance for a successful new life by developing and teaching an ESL program to our residents.
This week, April 12-18, we mark the 74th year of National Volunteer Week, a week of recognition that was first created to honour women’s contributions. In 1943, Canada declared the first National Volunteer Week to highlight the important contributions of women who volunteered on the home front during World War II.
Springtime is here at last! At Interval House, the warmer weather means fun family trips to the local park, preparations for spring planting in our gardens, and setting goals for new beginnings. Last week, it also meant exciting spring festivities with some CIBC volunteers!
We’re warming up the winter with some good news from our Gratitude Report! The report is an update for you, our friends and supporters, who make a huge difference in the lives of women and children at our shelter.
Toronto, ON – March 4, 2015 – The highly publicized celebrity abuse cases in late 2014 resulted in an unprecedented public interest in the dialogue about ending violence against women and many believed it was a tipping point in changing attitudes. However, the spotlight has shifted and a new study commissioned by Interval House, Canada’s first shelter for abused women, shows that we still have a very long way to go.
You may scoff, but there's no denying that selfies have taken over social media. As ubiquitous as cute cats and breathtaking sunsets, selfies have morphed into a form of self-documentation, a way of showing the world (or your 200 followers) who you are. Though sometimes deemed a simple form of narcissism, there’s no denying that selfies can make a statement.
If you're looking to up your selfie game, why not take one with a powerful message? Starting March 3rd, take part in our #StopVAW campaign to help encourage dialogue and end violence against women and children.
This year, the numbers tell some remarkable stories.
Bonnie grew up in a family that believed in putting beliefs into actions—and that meant giving back and trying to help others. “I really believe that the better we make other peoples’ lives, the better they make our lives because we all live in the same world,” she says.