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Woman Abuse Awareness Month

November is …

Woman Abuse Awareness Month – GET INVOLVED

We need you to show that we all want to Believe, Inspire, and Give to support women to live free from violence and abuse. By purchasing and wearing a scarf or tie, you will show the world we care and that we do support the ending of domestic violence.

This is what we called our “Wrapped in Courage” campaign.  It will also inspire women and children to know they are not alone in their struggle to be free.  Wrapped in Courage: Women shelters and community organizations across the province are engaging with their communities to address the overlooked issue of Woman Abuse in Ontario.

Throughout the month of November, we are inviting everyone in Ontario to show their support by wearing a purple scarf or purple tie to let women and their children know they are not alone. The courage of a woman alone is not enough. It takes the commitment and support of an entire community to end violence against all women.

Ways to Inspire, Believe and Give

  • Purchase and wear your purple scarf or tie throughout the month of November
  • Organize a fundraiser with friends and family for your local shelter that include purchasing scarves or ties
  • Take photos of yourself and your friends showing your support with scarf or tie on … photos will be posted to our website and facebook page

Places to Buy Your Scarf or Tie

  • Our Administrative office, 2048 A 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound – 519-376-0755
  • All month at Shoppers Drug Mart both locations in Owen Sound
  • Scarves and ties are $15 – different styles this year!


Quick Facts:

  1. It’s every woman’s right to live in a safe and secure environment that is free from violence, whether it be her home, her community, her workplace or wherever she may go. This November we are reminded to take action on Gender Inequality in Ontario
    November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month.
  2. 66 Violence Against Women Shelter’s across the province, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) are working hard to ensure Ontarians are educated, aware, and willing to help put an end to men’s violence against women. Since 1990, OAITH has tracked media reports of women murdered by men in Ontario. 28 Years later, we know of approximately 750 women who have been killed by a former or current male partner and other men closely known to them. As we prepare to release the numbers of women murdered in 2018, we all need to become involved in community-driven action to drive change.
  3. “Violence Against Women Shelters are working on the front lines of women’s inequality. The staggering rates of violence against women and children should be what sounds the alarm for people in our communities to understand that we haven’t reached gender equality in Ontario.” Marlene Ham, Executive Director, OAITH.Services Provided to Women and Children in Ontario in 2015/2016
  4. On a snapshot day in Canada, 44% of women shelters were full due to overcapacity and lack of resources to respond to requests-Women Shelters Canada, Shelter Voices 2017