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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. Services Provided to Women and Children in Ontario in 2015/2016
  • Approximately 10,900 women and 6,700 children were served through Violence Against Women Shelter
  • 51,700 crisis calls were received on crisis lines for women
  • 40,500 women and 3,900 children received counselling
  • -Ministry of Community & Social Services, 2015/2016 Service Data
  1. Lethality and Risk to Women and their Children
  • From November 2015 to November 2016 there were 29 women reported on, by the media in Ontario, who were murdered from either their current or previous intimate partner-Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses
  • 74% of all domestic violence homicide cases reviewed from 2003-2015 involved a couple where there was a history of domestic violence, while 68% of cases reviewed from 2003-2015 involved an actual or pending separation-Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Report 2016
  1. Financial Investments are Needed for Women and Children Fleeing Violence
  • 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