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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.

What are the causes of domestic violence?

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What are the most important factors that contribute to abusive behaviour?

In February of this year, Interval House posed this question to Ontarians through an Angus Reid Omnibus Survey. We let them answer in their own words: what did they think the reason was that people become abusive?

Based on their responses, we created a word cloud, which shows the prevalence of different words in respondents’ answers: the bigger the word, the more commonly it appeared in answers to our question.

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.

Grateful for Your Support in 2015

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With spring upon us, at Interval House we’re looking forward to the new season. But before we move ahead, we want to take some time to reflect about all that made 2015 a fantastic year! The 2015 Gratitude Report is now available for you to see the impact of each of your contributions at Interval House.

Meet Shirin: Part 2

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Crisis Phone Line

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.
 

International Women's Day Reflection

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It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s not simply a place to prepare food – it’s a place to gather, a place to unwind, a place to enjoy a delicious meal and fulfilling conversation, an opportunity to refresh the spirit in the presence of good company. The kitchen at Interval House is no exception. Bustling with activity, the kitchen is full of life and experience, as women and children prepare and enjoy nutritious and delicious meals.  

How does domestic violence affect a woman’s career?

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When a woman is living in an abusive situation, her home is often a dangerous and stressful place. But the impact of domestic violence on her career is an important factor often not talked about. 

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