Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all. You might have even experienced it firsthand yourself. Or maybe you have a friend, a family member, or a co-worker who has been in an abusive relationship. There’s also a chance that someone you know has experienced violence at the hand of a partner, but you’re not even aware of it. Domestic violence is far-reaching and the emotional, physical and financial implications can be long-lasting.
Acts of kindness can brighten up someone’s day, often more than we even realize. A simple act, even the smallest of ones, can mean so much to one person and let them know that someone else cares.
Every four days in Canada, a woman dies at the hands of a family member. And every single day, there are over 230 reported victims of domestic violence. Family violence is a serious health issue that affects many Canadians. Even more startling is that this abuse is also very under-reported. Reports estimate that only 30% of people report domestic abuse.
Every October, we celebrate Women’s History Month in Canada. Along with it, we recognize Persons Day, which we celebrate on October 18th each year.
It’s considered one of the largest modern migrations: students, teachers, and support staff heading back to school! Backpacks are zipped up, paper-bag lunches are packed, and bright yellow school buses roll around street corners once again after a summer hiatus that always feels too short. Despite the looming and dreaded concept of “work”, the first week of school is always optimistic with the notion of a fresh start. However, as the school year continues, everyone inevitably experiences ups and downs. Whether you’re a teacher, student, custodian, or principal, the school year is a great opportunity to support one another.
On Thursday, March 24th, the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial will be delivered. Individuals and organizations are getting together to show that #WeBelieveSurvivors. Join us in solidarity to support the women who bravely testified, the countless others who could not go to the police, and people who have lived through sexual violence in our communities.