Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth

Student poster winner – Nicole Off : Left to Right: Peter Jaffe, Nicole Off , Dave Wolfe

The Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth was a tremendous success, bringing in over 432 participants from across North America. These participants came from a wide range of sectors, including educators, mental health professionals, police, justice and victim services, researchers and professors, social workers and government. The Centre for Research and Education and the Centre for School Mental Health worked collaboratively to ensure the success of the Conference, and in doing so highlighted the intersections between mental health and violence and bullying.

The Bystander Effect and Sexual Assault: How to Help or How to Avoid the Bystander Effect and Help Victims

Text: Your Actions Matter More Than You Think

We’ve all heard of the bystander effect. It’s when people don’t offer any help to a victim who is in distress, when other individuals are around. It happens all the time. You’ve possibly even been a part of this effect and not even known it.

Why does it happen? Sometimes, we think someone else is going to help, or other times, we don’t realize the gravity of the situation. People also don’t like to be intrusive - they’re afraid they’re over-stepping the line. Lastly, people often just aren’t sure how to respond.

Domestic Abuse: How Teachers Can Help

Young man doing homework and studying

Children spend such a large chunk of their time in school. Because of this, teachers are often in some of the best positions to be able to recognize when something is wrong. Signs of domestic abuse occurring at home can be more obvious to educators than they might first think, and training on how to recognize domestic violence should be a priority.

Students of all ages often deal with many challenges outside of school and these can all have a huge impact on their ability to learn as well as their behaviour.

International Women's Day: 10 Ways to Honour the Women in Your Life

A young girl hugs her mother, both are wearing hijabsThis International Women’s Day, there are so many things you can do to support women, both in your own life as well as around the world. The day is all about celebrating women worldwide for their political, economic and social achievements, as well as constantly working toward bettering the lives of women, everywhere. Find out 10 simple things you can do to celebrate this important day of women.

Engaging Men in the Fight against Domestic Violence

Why is it important to engage men in the conversation to end violence against women?

As a student at Changing Ways, I have learned just how vital it is to support men in changing the way they think about and use their power. Unfortunately, there still exists an alarmingly high rate of domestic violence in society, and these offences are committed disproportionately by men. Canadian estimates suggest that roughly 30% of women have experienced some form of physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Some men use violence as a means of controlling their partner’s thoughts, feelings and actions, when other tactics have not been effective.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Consent

Consent Valentine - 5 things to know about consent red poster

Healthy relationships involve respectful and constant communication and safe and healthy boundaries. Nothing hurts more than having our trust violated by someone we love.

Consent is crucial in every relationship. The belief that rape is normally committed by strangers is actually far from the truth. The reality is that rape is often committed by someone the victim knows. Many times, the victim is friends with or already in an intimate relationship with the rapist. This is why communicating and getting consent at every step of the way is so important. It’s imperative that both partners feel comfortable, always.

Women Rising: Speaking Truth to Power

Crowd at Women's March in United States with signs and flags. On Saturday January 21 2017, the day after the USA inaugurated Donald Trump as their 45th president, women and their allies around the world rallied and marched in solidarity to oppose what they believe Donald Trump and his administration represent.  Millions and millions of women (the last estimate I heard was four million) came together to fight oppression, misogyny, racism, homophobia and hate.  But more importantly, they came together to stand for what they believe in; justice, love, the environment, safety and a bright future for our children.

What do Women’s Shelters Really Need?

What do women’s shelters really need – money or stuff?

three women volunteers holding donation boxes

That’s a question we often find ourselves answering, whether from friends, family members, or others we meet in the community.  And the answer is: bothWomen’s shelters really need money AND stuff. The money helps us keep the shelter doors open around the clock to provide program services free of charge.  Last year alone, Women’s Community House (London, Ontario) provided services to 5,947 individuals through shelter, outreach, children’s group programs, family court support, transitional housing, helpline, walk in support and more.

Domestic Violence Doesn't Discriminate

Image of person's hands in the center. Text reads "The reality though is that it is our business. Domestic violence is not a private matter; it impacts all of us"The tragic death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji has left three children without a mother and a community of family members, friends and colleagues shocked and grieving. Her husband, Dr. Mohammed Shamji has been charged with her murder. Police have since revealed that her husband was previously charged with one count of assault and two counts of uttering death threats in May 2005.

Warning Signs for Salon and Spa Professionals

Image of spa bed with hot stones and towels

Research shows that many people who are being abused by a family member do not go to police. Women and men in abusive relationships will often talk about the abuse with someone they trust before seeking help from outsiders such as police or going to a shelter. Salon professionals are in a really unique position when it comes to recognizing signs of violence in their clients as well as their co-workers. They often have good relationships with these people and are experienced at listening to others. Most people spend a large part of their appointments talking with their hairdresser or regular spa professional. Salon professionals often know personal and intimate details of many of their clients’ lives. The spa is also a good environment for a victim to seek help because she may feel very comfortable there and is normally alone, away from her partner.


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