General News

Helping kids feel their way to a life without violence

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It’s okay to be angry, but it’s the way we deal with our anger that matters. That’s the message at the heart of a new activity introduced in the children’s program designed to teach kids to develop good coping strategies. The Zones of Regulation1 sessions start with colour-coded zones—red, yellow, green and blue—to help children identify how their brains and bodies feel.

How long do women stay?

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When a woman leaves an abusive situation and comes to our shelter, she’ll have many questions and unknowns about Interval House, the process, and the timelines for rebuilding her life. One of the questions we’re asked most often is how long do women stay at our shelter?

The answer: A woman will typically stay at our shelter for three to four months. This timeline is for several reasons. After her stay with Interval House, many residents will move into City of Toronto subsidized housing. This resettlement process takes three to four months.

Does a history of childhood abuse cause abusive behaviour?

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In February of this year, Interval House posed this question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey: “What are the most important factors that contribute to abusive behaviour?” We let them answer in their own words and used the most common responses to make a word cloud. Each week for the next month, we’re addressing a common attitude about the causes of domestic violence to investigate: is it true? Or is it a myth? In this post, we answer: does a history of childhood abuse cause abusive behaviour?

At Interval House, we speak empowerment

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The life experiences of women who live at Interval House are as diverse as their cultural backgrounds.  In 2015 alone, our residents spoke 29 different languages.

Not having English as a first language can be an extra challenge that survivors face in order to access resources and to lead an independent life away from domestic violence. At Interval House, we want to make sure that women are set up for success, and supporting them in their language learning is crucial.

Is domestic violence caused by mental illness or anger?

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In February of this year, Interval House posed this question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey: “What are the most important factors that contribute to abusive behaviour?” We let them answer in their own words and used the most common responses to make a word cloud. Each week for the next month, we’re addressing a common attitude about the causes of domestic violence to investigate: is it true? Or is it a myth? In this post, we answer: do mental illness or anger management issues cause domestic violence?

Does Substance Abuse Cause Domestic Violence?

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In February of this year, Interval House posed this question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey: “What are the most important factors that contribute to abusive behaviour?” We let them answer in their own words and used the most common responses to make a word cloud. Each week for the next month, we’re addressing a common attitude about the causes of domestic violence to investigate: is it true? Or is it a myth? In this post, we answer: does substance abuse cause domestic violence?

Meet Shirin: Part 4

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Individual Counselling & Case Management

Recently, we introduced you to Shirin, one of our long-time Women’s Counsellor Advocates. Each month, we’ll be shadowing Shirin to give you an idea of what a day’s work is like as a counsellor at Interval House.

Art Heals

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a piece of art? Art in all of it’s varying forms has long been used by humans across all cultures to convey emotion, represent perceptions, cultivate self-growth, and tell stories. Art and experiencing art allow for human connection, emotional healing, and self-expression. It’s no wonder that expressive art is part of Interval House’s holistic healing approach for both women and children.

Navigating the criminal justice system for domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a criminal offence. This means that abusers should be charged and prosecuted for violence against their partners.

But for a survivor of domestic violence, going through the criminal court system may be one of the most stressful and intimidating events she will endure. She may fear that her partner will seek revenge if he is charged. She may not be able to afford legal advice, and not know where to begin.

Meet Shirin: Part 3

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Intake

Recently, we introduced you to Shirin, one of our long-time Women’s Counsellor Advocates. Each month, we’ll be shadowing Shirin to give you an idea of what a day’s work is like as a counsellor at Interval House.

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