Woman abuse is pervasive. Even so, actions big and small can have a meaningful impact.
We can advocate for systemic change, organize or support a public awareness campaign, work directly with survivors or men who use violence, insist on gender/racial/socio-economic and political equality, call out or report abusive behaviour, believe women's stories of abuse and acknowledge our own, talk with men we care about who are also abusive to their partners, cultivate and role model healthy relationships for the youth in our lives. . .
We can all make a difference.
Based in the U.S., MTV's A Thin Line is an online education campaign developed to empower youth to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in own lives and amongst their peers. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.
Established in 1992, the Centre engages in collaborative research, education and community development activities for the prevention of violence against women. Neighbours, Friends and Families is one of their public education campaigns.
Based at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, the Learning Network aims to increase the effectiveness and reach of public education and professional training materials developed to address violence against women (VAW). The continuum of violence against women is covered, including sexual and domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking, and the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children. The principles of diversity, equity and accessibility, as well as a strong gender analysis, are evident in all work by the Learning Network.
KIZHAAY ANISHINAABE NIIN (I am a kind man)
Acknowledging that violence has never been part of Aboriginal culture, this initiative is led by Aboriginal men who are concerned about violence against Aboriginal women. The goal is to inspire, engage, educate and support Aboriginal men in taking responsibility for their own behaviour and healing, and speaking out to end the violence against Aboriginal women in their communities. The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre offers this program.
KANAWAYHITOWIN (Taking Care of Each Other's Spirit)
An online resource to support Aboriginal women experiencing abuse, their families, communities and front line workers to better educate themselves with resources and strategies.
OAITH (Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses) began the process of Survivor Inclusion after it completed a 2008/09 project to hear from women across the province about their involvement (or lack of it) in service/systems policy and program development. In a follow-up to that work, OAITH made changes to its Constitution to include a permanent committee of Survivor Advisors, with two Co-Chair positions on the OAITH Board of Directors. They advocate for women and children in regional and provincial areas, identify areas for service improvement within OAITH and community services/ systems, and increase awareness and promote community involvement through education from the perspective of survivors of woman abuse.
Loveisrespect’s mission is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Highly-trained peer advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.
Loveisrespect mobilizes parents, educators, peers and survivors to proactively raise awareness on healthy dating behaviors and how to identify unhealthy and abusive patterns. Through trainings, toolkits, and curriculum, we are growing community educators and advocates to promote healthy relationships and prevent future patterns of abuse. Loveisrespect.org strives to be a safe, inclusive space for young people to access information and get help in an environment that is designed specifically for them.
Innovative programs and services focused on education and prevention with the goal of ending violence against those who are at the highest risk: women and youth. The OWJN (Ontario Women's Justice Network) is a METRAC program that offers legal information on issues related to violence against women. Respect in Action (ReAct) peer program builds youth leadership to end violence against women and youth. ReAct Youth Facilitators create resources and lead interactive afterschool programs, workshops, trainings and presentations for youth, educators and service providers.
A public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help by supporting her and talking to him about his behaviour. It's Not Right! is an education campaign for older adults focused on addressing abuse in intimate partner relationships.
The Safe & Together™ Model Suite of Tools and Interventions is a perpetrator pattern based, child centered, survivor strengths approach to working with domestic violence. This model has broad applications beyond the child welfare system. Using this approach as part of a collaborative response to domestic violence keeps the abuser's behaviour visible, while the strengths of the survivor are validated and supported.
Provides training and resources aimed to address the physical, psychological, emotional and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children.
The world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.
Since 1991, men have worn white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, partnerships and creative campaigns, White Ribbon is helping create tools, strategies and models that challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change.
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November is Woman Abuse Awareness Month. The purple scarf is a symbol of the courage it takes woman leave her abuser. However, the courage of the woman is not enough. It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women.
On average 20-30 women a year are murdered in the province of Ontario alone. It is the number two reason for calls to the emergency police services. Additionally, it overwhelmingly affects children in the areas of: focus at school; relationships with peers and adults; increased risk of participating in high risk behaviours such as substance abuse; and increased risk of anxiety and depression.
During the month of November, everyone across Ontario is invited to participate in showing abused women across the province that they have our support. The United Nations has designated November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) as the first of 16 days of Action to eliminate Violence Against Women across the world. We are asking Ontarians to wear our purple scarf especially on these days to show your courage to abused women and their children that their community supports them and they are not alone.