The Power of Purple

November is Women Abuse Prevention Month – a time to raise awareness around the issue of domestic violence.

The colour purple is associated with the fight against domestic violence. It symbolizes the courage it takes for a woman to leave her abuser. But the courage of the woman alone is not enough to protect her and her family. It takes the courage of an entire community.

Domestic violence is prevalent in Canada and across the world. Over the past year, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic heightened the magnitude of the inequality women face, from increased rates of domestic abuse to sexual violence and harassment within and outside the home.

The pandemic has created such serious isolation issues that shelters in Ontario are reporting the number of women killed has increased by 84% in the first half of 2021. In 80% of those cases, the perpetrator was an intimate partner. The data also shows it is the most dangerous when a woman leaves her abuser.

Everyone has the right to live in safety and with dignity – free from intimidation and the threat of violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour used by one person to gain power and control over another person with whom they have or previously had an intimate relationship.

Domestic violence can include but are not limited to, physical violence, verbal assaults, threats and intimidation, use of weapons, isolation, destruction of property, sexual manipulation, harassment and stalking, and control over financial resources just to name a few.

Anyone can experience domestic violence, regardless of age, race, economic status, religion, sexual orientation or education.

Domestic Violence Facts

  • According to Statistics Canada, one in four women will experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime.
  • While 80% of victims of domestic violence tell family or friends of their situation, only 30% report the abuse to the police.
  • On any given night in Canada, over 6000 women and children sleep in shelters because it isn’t safe for them at home.
  • Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
  • Indigenous women in Canada experience significantly higher rates of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women, and disproportionate rates of domestic homicide.

What Can We Do To End Violence Against Women?

The answer is simple: We need to stand in solidarity with women and their children. We must raise awareness and funds to end violence, promote equality, and foster healthy relationships.

Violence against women is not only a women’s issue – it’s everyone’s issue.

Where to start?

Start in your community first. Join My Friends House in ending violence against women and their children and become a Champion of Courage. When you join us as a monthly donor, you ensure that we can provide safe refuge and professional support for an abused woman and her children during the most difficult time in their lives.

Your gifts provide:

  • 24 hour alarmed secure residence
  • Warm beds with linens, towels and hygiene needs
  • Nutritious meals
  • Access to advocacy, adult, children and family therapy programs
  • 24 access to a supportive counsellor
  • Transitional housing, and follow-up support

Make it possible for women and children to live without fear.