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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.
As 2014 comes to an end, we’re reflecting on our successes of the past year. We’re proud of the work we’ve done here at Interval House and are thrilled to have helped 69 women and 71 children begin a new life free from domestic violence. But there is much more to be done, and we’re hoping for your support this holiday season.
December 10th marks International Human Rights Day, ending the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This year’s theme, Human Rights 365, is a nod to the prevailing idea that basic human rights should be recognized every single day of the year. One of those basic rights? To have shelter and live without violence, in every town, city, and country across the globe. At Interval House, that is our hope for every woman and child leaving abusive homes.
For the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence (November 25-December 10), Interval House is featuring the amazing work being done by other violence against women agencies in the GTA. This is the third blog in our 16 Days Series.
It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the tragic massacre in Montreal. In 1989, 14 women studying engineering were murdered by Marc Lepine at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal – solely because of their gender.
Sadly, all these years later the problem of violence against women is as pervasive as ever. Everywhere you look, there’s another story in the news—from Ray Rice to Jian Ghomeshi to Bill Cosby and beyond, the epidemic of violence against women is worldwide and cuts across all classes.
For the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence (November 25-December 10), Interval House is featuring the amazing work being done by other violence against women agencies in the GTA. This is the first blog in our 16 Days Series.
The end of the year is fast approaching but before we bid farewell to 2014, there are a few facts that should be remembered. One in three women worldwide is a victim of abuse every day. In Canada, half of all women over the age of 16 have experienced violence in some form. Though sobering, these numbers are real, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence works to spur conversation and shrink the statistics.