Awareness To End Violence Against Women

Womans hands holding purple domestic violence awareness ribbon. (© Can Stock Photo / dolgachov)

Every woman has the right to live in safety and security in her home and community, free from the threat of violence, which is why, during the month of November, one local shelter is reaching out.

Kincardine based Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey sees first hand, almost every day, the effects of abuse on women (and more often than not, children too) in our community which is why they’re asking for community support.

November is Woman Abuse Awareness Month and people are encouraged to wear purple or white ribbons to show their support.

As Community and Fund Development Coordinator, Tiffany Love says many women live in fear because of an abusive relationship.

“Our crisis and support lines are fielding over 4,000 calls a year, and that’s a devastating statistic,” says Love. “Quite often, there’s absolutely that fear there but you know, we are here to keep these women safe, to help a woman begin on her healing journey and to transition back into the community free of abuse, so that’s why we’re here.”

There’s no doubt whatsoever that it can be a very frightening experience for both women and children living in an abusive environment; which is why Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey has locations in both Kincardine and Owen Sound covering both counties.

“Our councilors find a way to get to everybody and get them in, we don’t turn anyone away,” notes Love. “Our service is free and it’s very utilized and extremely necessary.”

People are encouraged to wear a purple ribbon during the month of November while men and boys can wear a white ribbon (or purple, the choice is theirs) to show support in ending violence and abuse against women and girls.