We look forward to the day that we don’t have to wear masks, but in the meantime, we need to continue to stay safe. With our Stay Safe Mask promotion, you can buy one for $10 or 3 for $25, and you get a tax receipt for the full purchase price!
Head to this link, purchase as many masks as you like, and we’ll send them right to your door!
We work with some of the most vulnerable members of our communities – women and children fleeing violence. Because we are not adequately funded by government, we rely upon community generosity to be able to serve all women and children who come to us asking for help.
Thank you for helping us to do the work we do, and helping everyone to Stay Safe!
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: • Degree or diploma in social sciences, with an emphasis on community development, and five years working experience managing volunteers and public education initiatives in a non-profit organization • Required core competencies: accountability/reliability; adaptability; analytical thinking/problem solving; attendance & punctuality; communication; critical thinking; decision making; initiative; networking & relationship building; personal development; planning & organizing; risk management; self-care; teamwork/cooperation • knowledge of current issues relating to woman abuse, social justice, the status of women and children in society, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and statistical and program information specific to Women’s House services • ability to integrate a feminist perspective on social and political issues surrounding women’s issues, sexual assault, and violence against women; knowledge of violence against women and its’ impact on children • knowledge of volunteer recruitment, development, training, education, recognition and retention • ability to act as a spokesperson for Women’s House to the public and provide information when requested; ensure the positive promotion of Women’s House, its’ programs, and the image of people who are victims of violence; function as a resource for community in the area of woman assault and family violence; provide public education to community groups about violence against women, and specifically sexual violence; maintain relations with local community groups/services and community partners; take leadership in organizing community events aimed at increasing awareness of sexual violence; attend community committee meetings as a representative of Women’s House; foster and advocate for social and political change on behalf of sexually assaulted and abused women • ability to provide back-up feminist model crisis intervention for women who are survivors of sexual assault, including responding to crisis calls and walk-ins; provide accompaniment and advocacy when requested • knowledge of Windows-based computer software and Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, and database programs • maintain a valid driver’s license, access to a car, and two million liability insurance on vehicle; maintain valid first aid certification
PRIMARY FUNCTION: In keeping with WH Mission and Statement of Principles, The Public Education & Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, screening, training, supervision, and appreciation of all program volunteers, and public education on the issues of violence against women and sexual assault. The Public Education & Volunteer Coordinator works full-time as part of the Outreach Team, primarily in the Owen Sound building but also at various locations in the community, in a unionized position, on days, afternoons, and weekends, with a requirement to flex time as dictated by volunteer and community needs.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
In addition to the $16,000 donated earlier this year- part of a four-year sponsorship commitment, totaling $61,000 – they will be donating an additional $20,000 to Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey, in an effort to help offset fundraising underperformances.
November is Woman Abuse Awareness Month. Woman abuse is not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue, and affects us all. Together we can work to end woman abuse, because we all have the right to feel safe and secure.
To raise awareness of the issue of violence against women, and in honour of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, staff at Women’s House wrote articles, which you will find below. Please take the time to read, reflect and consider the impact of violence against women in our own communities.
Donate to Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey during the month of November through our Stay Safe WAAM event, and for every $20 donation, as a “thank you”, we’ll send you a specially designed mask to help you Stay Safe while you are joining us to work towards eliminating violence against women, and also helping the women we support to Stay Safe too.
We are required to fundraise $140,746 this year in order to fill the gap between our expenses and government funding so that we can continue to provide the necessary items and services to the women and children in need in our community.
You can make a donation directly through our Canada Helps page by clicking here
Ask yourself – what can I do to help prevent, and ultimately end, violence against women and children?
Educate yourself on violence against women; learn the facts and the prevalence
Contact your local school board and ask them to address sexual harassment in schools
Speak out against all forms of violence
Question gender roles and assumptions
Respect and embrace diversity
Respect a person’s-even a child’s- right to say no
Respect your partner’s right to disagree or have their own opinion
Don’t blame victims, and reinforce that abuse is never the victim’s fault
Strive for equality for everyone
Learn about power and control tactics
Attend Take Back the Night events
Ask permission before pursuing physical or sexual contact with someone
Teach kids that respect is the minimum in a relationship, and lead by example
Advocate for victim’s rights
Teach kids that violence will not solve problems
Be courageous; don’t be afraid to speak up for those who have lost their voice or dignity
Praise women and girls for something other than the way they look
Applaud others who speak out against violence and oppression
Pledge to never commit or condone acts of violence
Make a decision to become an active bystander by speaking up and calling for help when necessary
Respect the choices victims and survivors make to survive
Think globally and act locally
Hold perpetrators accountable for disrespecting their partners when you see it or hear it
Engage others in discussions about violence against women
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey (WHSBG) acknowledges and condemns the recent events of racial injustice and systemic violence affecting racialized populations, both in Canada and around the globe. It is systemic because it keeps happening repeatedly, and because little is done to hold those that harm accountable. We express our solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movements, and join the call to action to help create the change that is needed.
We, in the helping sector, acknowledge the power imbalance between service providers and those who access services. We work diligently to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment for the vulnerable population that reaches out. Women’s House has zero tolerance for any service provider abusing this power to re-victimize, bring trauma and create divide. Women’s House calls for all service providers to be mindful of this dynamic and to exercise thoughtful care in practicing the great honour of being a helping professional.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey operates with the following principles in mind:
We believe that education is necessary to bring about effective changes in attitude. We believe in challenging statements and beliefs that minimize the seriousness of racism, oppression, abuse and sexual violence.
We recognize that all women face misogyny and sexism; however, some bear an additional burden of oppression due to racism.
We believe that systemic racism, discrimination, and oppression based on race, religion, class, sexual orientation, gender identification, age and ability must be addressed as part of an integrated approach to ending poverty, abuse, sexual violence and homelessness in the lives of women.
If you are directly affected by systemic violence or racism, please know that we care about you and what you are dealing with. We stand in support of you.
If you are a white ally to people and communities of color, there are things you can do. You can:
Learn about the history of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in Canada
Reflect on the biases this has created in you and in others
Remain as a witness or bystander in situations where someone may be affected by racial stereotyping, stigma or systemic violence
If you see person of color being questioned or detained, ask if they need support
Understand that there are alternative, non-punitive ways of dealing with crisis or conflict that do not always involve law enforcement.
We stand in solidarity with our communities both locally, provincially, nationally and globally. We are committed to addressing systemic racism and violence through educating ourselves and promoting public awareness. We recognize that being an ally is a continual and ongoing practice. We strive to be the best allies possible by being informed, engaged and thinking critically about our own actions online, in person, and within radical moments of change like the one we are currently living in.
Women’s House encourages solidarity, support and celebration on National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day/MMIW June 21, 2020
National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations may look different this year, but creativity and imagination can provide many options for marking the occasion.
For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this date due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Having a National Indigenous Peoples Day reminds all Canadians to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis.
One way to learn more is to read a digital copy of one of the books from the #IndigenousReads reading list. Virtual activities are available as well, such as museum exhibits. Social media is a great source to find Indigenous musicians, comedians and historians. In one Grey-Bruce town, local businesses have partnered with a young Indigenous woman and have created displays of her First Nations regalia and collection of First Nations art as a way to mark the occasion.
In this current climate of increased awareness and calls to action to end systemic racial violence, Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey takes this opportunity to express support for the recommendations of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry.
The final report of the Inquiry was published in June 2019 and includes many calls to action. Among them, the need to address the root causes of the disproportionate violence against Indigenous women and girls, the need for preventative action, and improved responses from the justice system.
This fundamental report, made possible through the truths and impacts on thousands of survivors, family members and experts, continues to sit in waiting for the Federal government to respond with action. The failure to implement a timely response perpetuates the ongoing systemic oppression of Indigenous women and girls. It is time to show national solidarity in addressing the Inquiry’s recommendations, and support Indigenous peoples working to eradicate violence against women and girls.
We encourage each other to educate ourselves, read the report and find ways to be allies in this most important struggle.
We have modified our services in order to promote self-isolation and social distancing in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, however we are still providing essential services. We are doing our best to ensure that we maintain the safety and security of women and children in Shelter, as well as our staff members who must remain on site to provide support in the Shelter and maintain our crisis lines.
We recognize that in times of stress and uncertainty, our services are required more than ever in our community. When a woman is in a home that is unsafe, the practice of self-isolation can put her at further risk for domestic violence, can create less opportunity for her to get the support she needs, and can make it even more difficult to leave an unsafe situation.
All staff at Women’s House who have the ability to work remotely will be doing so. Outreach Services are being offered in a remote capacity, and are providing services by phone and email.
The Shelter and crisis lines remain operational, and we have taken the following measures to ensure staff and resident safety:
• Increased sanitation and infection control measures have been put in place and social distancing practices have been implemented for staff and residents.
• At this time, we are unable to accept in kind donations at our shelter. Financial donations can be accepted via direct mail or online through CanadaHelps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15772
• Guests will not be provided access to the Shelter at this time.
Being believed: feeling believed
and reassured that they are not to blame for what happened
Against Women Learning Network, 2012: 27)
support people understand how trauma impacts survivors and the ways they cope
safe services: survivors identify that they need support people who understand
their community identity (e.g., LGBTTIQQ2SAA+, Indigenous,
Francophone, faith-based identity)
A variety of helpful options: crisis,
ongoing support, help navigating systems
Dedicated sexual assault services: support
by folks who know about sexual violence and its impacts.
This infographic was compiled by Ontario
Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, using data from an external review of sexual
violence services in Ontario (Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment
Counselling Services and Helplines. Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women.