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For 40 years Interval House has continued to make history alongside the women’s movement in Canada. It is with the support of incredible people like you that we have come so far in protecting women and girls, and advocating for their rights.
In the 1990s, Interval House started a groundbreaking program called Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS). BESS is an employment program that helps abused women overcome their specific challenges. Over the years hundreds of women have taken the program, and many of them are on their own paths to success.
Their partners scroll through their text messages. They inspect their call logs. They demand Skype and FaceTime check-ins as proof that their wives and girlfriends are where they say they are. The rise of GPS tracking within devices also raises concerns. It’s the downside of smartphone technology: Abusive husbands and boyfriends have a new way to control their partners.
Criminal harassment, more commonly known as STALKING, is a crime. Generally it consists of repeated conduct that is carried out over a period of time and which causes you to reasonably fear for your safety or the safety of someone known to you.
Stalking does not have to result in physical injury in order to make it a crime. The law protects you even if the conduct of the stalker is not done with the intent to scare you. It is enough if the conduct does scare you. This may be an advance warning of the possibility of future violent acts.
As the summer time ended, Interval House celebrated the warmth of August with a lovely picnic in Withrow Park. With over 80 past and current residents in attendance, along with staff and volunteers, this lively group had a chance to come together to enjoy some great food, games and entertainment!
Cell phones, iPads, laptops. These and a variety of other technologies play a big role in our daily lives. We use them to go grocery shopping, keep our schedules in order, track our finances, and so much more. But as helpful as these technologies can be, they can also be used for a much darker purpose.
Interval House currently houses 12 children, 10 of whom are under the age of 5. That’s a lot of little ones! As our kid count increased, the needs of the house changed.
As a result, we have added more childcare and kids programming.
Our Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) program provides women with the tools – educational, financial, and emotional – to rebuild and transform their lives in the aftermath of domestic abuse.
This spring, Interval House turns 40 years old…and we’d love to have you join our celebration. In honour of our anniversary, we’d like to hear your story—your personal connection to Interval House.
Are you a former resident? A successful BESS graduate? Are you a long-time donor, or the newest member of our family of supporters? Have you volunteered at Interval House and discovered the joy of giving your time and effort?
A fresh coat of paint…a spruced-up wardrobe…sprigs of green through the thawing ground… No season says “renewal” like spring!
But for the woman who’s endured a winter of abuse, spring might be the beginning of a journey to a completely different renewal—the kind that begins with a frightening escape and an unknown future.
Perfect parents? Perfect kids? Dream on! Interval House is excited to introduce a new session of Nobody’s Perfect, a program for parents of children 6 years and under.