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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.
We've all seen the recent headlines with high profile allegations of domestic abuse. I can't count the number of times I've heard friends and family ask the same question of those stories: "why doesn't she just leave?"
Too many people assume that, if a woman is in an abusive relationship, she is making a choice to stay and she has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves.
“When women come to Interval House, I want them to be able to see themselves as more than victims and statistics,” says Paula, Supervisor for the Women and Children’s Program. “I want them to see that they are the leaders in their own lives.” Paula says the programs are never one-size-fits-all; they are customized to meet the needs and requests of individual Interval House families.
With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, it seems that everyone has romance on their minds. Reminders of relationship happiness are everywhere—flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, and candies fill store shelves, and romance movies depicting the “perfect” relationship are part of couples’ Valentine’s Day plans. But what does a healthy relationship really look like? This Valentine’s season, we wanted to share some tips for how to spot a healthy relationship, and how you can identify an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
Amidst the fashion commentary, and glitz and glamour, last Sunday's Grammys featured a powerful message from an equally powerful source.
In a video recorded at the White House, U.S. President Obama shared a public service announcement asking the public to stop violence against women. Obama then asked artists and their fans to join “It’s On Us”, a campaign focused on ending gender-based assault on university campuses.
Walk through the halls of Interval House and you're greeted by colourful collages, paintings, and drawings, all created by little one who have passed through our doors.
Not only does art add colour, it also stirs emotions and feelings, and sometimes even shares a message difficult to pen – this is one of the reasons Art Group is such an important component of the Women’s and Children’s counselling programs at Interval House. The renowned Roman lyric poet Horace put it simply: “A picture is a poem without words.”
We all start a new year hoping, planning, and thinking of ways to better ourselves and the world around us. Whether your goal is to exercise more, pick up a new hobby, or stay in better touch with friends and family, there’s no New Year resolution too small to make a difference. But if you’re looking to make a change in the lives of others, how about resolving to take action in ending violence against women? Think about how you can incorporate these goals into your year, to help us work towards ending abuse and violence:
The end of the year calls for reflection. It's a time to celebrate and revisit the successes and trials of the year past and share those moments with those around us.
2014 marked Interval House’s 41st year helping women reshape their lives in face of violence and abuse. A year fraught with gender-based violence in the media, 2014 also stirred conversation and quashed some taboos, allowing the issue of abuse to enter the public mindset. At Interval House, we are always striving to encourage not only conversation, but also empowerment, and 2014 was no exception.
The shelter has been bustling for the past couple of weeks, busy with holiday preparations and festivities! At Interval House, the winter holidays are one of our favourite times of year, as it’s truly a time for the women and children at the shelter to heal, relax, and have fun.