November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month

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. 

Click here to make your donation!

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
  • Believe survivors
  • 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
  • Empathize
  • 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