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PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT WITH CHEK TV.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

SPRING CAMPAIGN 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

Did you know that a child witnessing abuse is also a form of abuse?         
~Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

 
This is the unfortunate reality for over 10,000 children in the Capital Regional District and 800,000 children in Canada (Statistics Canada 2007). 

 
Many of us will never need the courage and strength it takes a mother to leave, in fear for her life and the safety of her children, should she be caught escaping.

  
Often children witness repeated abuse and violence in their home before they are given a voice to express their stories. Children feel alone in their experience, confused, ashamed, and self-conscious, which impacts schoolwork and their ability to connect in social settings.

Transition houses do provide hope and a chance to break the cycle of abuse, but did you know there was a time in Canada, even in this last century, when transition houses and awareness of the issue of abuse was not a part of our society’s understanding?

 
As a result there are many women who endured abuse for decades and children who witnessed violence who grew up without any understanding of abuse or support.

 
The Older Women’s Outreach/Safe Home Program at Victoria Women’s Transition House Society provides counselling and support for women over the age of 50 who have experienced, or are currently experiencing abuse in their home.  The Safe Home component of this program provides a safe, secure and confidential accommodation in the community supporting women to connect with community resources such as lawyers, financial assistance, medical and affordable housing.

As a way to address and break the patterns of abuse that have become generational in nature, the Older Women’s Outreach/Safe Program provides education and support to women who want to make a change.  To prevent children from experiencing this in their future, our Children Who Witness Abuse Program provides services for children up to the age of eighteen.

Our philosophy is that education and healthy modelling at any age will help break the cycle of abuse.

 
COREY:

STAFF WILL NEVER FORGET COREY, A FOUR-YEAR OLD BOY WHO STAYED AT THE SHELTER A FEW YEARS AGO. HE SHOWED COMMON SIGNS OF HURT AND CONFUSION OVER THE ABUSE HE WITNESSED AND ENDURED HIMSELF. LIKE MANY CHILDREN, HE FELT RESPONSIBILITY BEYOND HIS AGE. IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO HEAR COREY SAY HE NEEDED TO GET A JOB. IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO FIND HIM SNEAKING AROUND THE SHELTER, ALONE, WITH A GUN MADE OF LEGO AS A “POLICE OFFICER” PROTECTING THE HOUSE. CHILDREN LIKE COREY FORGET WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A CHILD, AND OFTEN FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE IN THEIR FAMILIES.


Victoria Women’s Transition House, was one of the first to offer the Children Who Witness Abuse Program, over 23 years ago.

 This program was used as a model across British Columbia, Canada and beyond. It now includes Children In-Shelter counselling, individual and group counselling based at our Community Office, and the Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Camp. The children have the opportunity to share their stories of witnessing abuse in their homes and they learn how to be safe.  Most importantly, they learn how to build different type of relationships in their own lives.  Many come away from camp, groups, and counselling with the ability to identify the complexity of their feelings around families and the dynamics of the abuse they have witnessed.

Like the Children Who Witness Abuse Program and the Older Women’s Outreach/Safe Home Program, all our programs are in high demand.

 
Can we count on your support with a donation of $50, $100, or $250? You may contribute by sending in the attached coupon. Our mailing address is 100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 3J5.


Your donation will help all of our teams do what we do best.

 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our co-worker Elissa Bergman, Development Manager, at 250.592.2927 ext 210 or elissab@vwth.bc.ca.

 

Spring Newsletter 2011             Spring Coupon 2011

 
Thank you.
 

             

Janet H., Jayde F., Rachel W., Elzbie J., Will B. and Georgia O.
Staff, Children Who Witness Abuse and Older Women’s Outreach Program
Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

NEW AGENCY VIDEO: 35 YEARS OF TRANSITION

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

35 Years of Transition from Kristina Campbell on Vimeo.

MARCH’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE

Monday, March 14th, 2011

 

Hitchcock and Hemlines by Emma Marler and Lindsay Morgan

This event is about eleven dresses inspired by ten of Alfred Hitchcock’s most influential films. And it has become so much more than the fabric, films and fashion; it is now about the community.

Hitchcock & Hemlines

This blog will appear in the Monday Magazine on March 17.

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WARMING HEARTS…. ONE BOWL AT A TIME.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Soup Sisters Victoria –coming soon

 
Nurturing and nourishing soups will soon be flowing into Victoria Women’s Transition House in late March. Soup Sisters Victoria  in partnership with The London Chef  are launching this exciting project which will provide up to 200 bowls of home-made every month for women and children in the shelter at Victoria Women’s Transition House.

 
Founded in March 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton, Soup Sisters support women’s shelters across the country with the very simple and heartfelt gesture of providing homemade soup. Soup Sisters is also deeply committed to raising awareness about domestic abuse and family violence. A shelter representative addresses every Soup Sisters group, providing an overview of the many healing and prevention programs available at the shelter.

 
The London Chef, owned and operated by Dan and Micayla Hayes, is moving into its home and opening its doors at 947 Fort St in March 2011. The new storefront will include a state of the art interactive cooking school where students can cook at their own station along with the chef offering a variety of courses, a private dining room and event space, a commercial kitchen for catering, a café and a specialty and prepared food pantry.

 
On March 30, participants/Soup Sisters will gather for an evening of fun to learn great recipes from a professional chef and share a meal together. By the end of the evening they will have prepared up to 200 bowls of delicious and heart-warming soup for Victoria Women’s Transition House, for a cost of only $50 per participant/Soup Sister.

 
For more information or to buy tickets for the launch on March 30, 2011 please contact victoria@soupsisters.org

 

Times Colonist Article – March 29, 2011

Times Colonist Article – April 3, 2011

Soup Sisters

 

 

SCRAPPY ENDINGS BAGS UPDATE

Friday, March 11th, 2011

 

Carolyn, the scrappy endings designer featured in our January blog has a new cross body bag plus new over the shoulder bags.

Take a look at their website.

http://www.scrappyendings.ca/Scrappy_Endings/Welcome.html         

     

Scrappy Endings New Bag

FEBRUARY’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE

Monday, February 7th, 2011

A New Sense of Commitment by Valerie Fitzpatrick.

Other than some small offices in the front, a private counselling area and the staff moving about, you would never know the valuable work that is being done there.

To Read More Please Click Here

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This blog will appear in the Victoria News and Oak Bay News on February 9, 2011.

EARTHQUAKE INCREASES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WE PREPARE.

Monday, February 7th, 2011

 

Janice scoots under her bed while Joe takes cover under the table.  Min Jae crawls under the craft table in the playroom and holds onto the legs while Sarah looks for a safe place. At exactly 10 AM the fire alarm sounded to simulate an earthquake. Everyone at the Shelter— staff members, volunteers and residents with their children DROP on the floor, find COVER under desks and tables and HOLD on to it until the alarm stops.

The Victoria Women’s Transition House Shelter participated in the province-wide earthquake drill on January 26, 2011. The House Manager checked around while the drill was going on and debriefed after the drill. The residents were particularly pleased that they get a chance to practice the earthquake drill; a child even requested to do it again. Staff identified more items in the Shelter to “earthquake-proof”. Quarterly drills may be done to help us stay prepared. The Shelter is equipped with emergency supplies, food and water that will sustain a full house for at least three days.  It feels good our shelter is prepared!

53% was the reported increase in domestic violence following the New Zealand earthquake in September 2010. According to Inspector John Price of the Christchurch Police, 61 cases were reported from 4:35 am Saturday to 2:30 pm on Monday, compared with 40 in the previous year.   A high level of stress and concern about safety, housing and employment contribute to domestic abuse but abuse is never ok. A relationship which is not healthy before the earthquake may become abusive quickly. It is important that women develop safety plans so they are prepared to make safe choices for themselves and children.

Equipping those who suffer or witness abuse with safety plans is an important part of being prepared for everyday life.

Keith Lynch, “Huge jump in domestic abuse following quake,” The Press 08 Sept. 2010 < http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/canterbury-earthquake/4105777/Huge-jump-in-domestic-abuse-following-quake>.

JANUARY’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Scrappy Endings: Whole Beginnings by Carolyn Converse

 

In June I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lupus. Happy to finally get a confirmed diagnosis, I was not prepared for what it meant. There is no known cure for Lupus; it can only be put in remission with minimized flare-ups and organ damage. Two major factors preventing flare-ups are to avoid UV light and stress. The care I am given by the great doctors and nurses at VGH and RJH is extraordinary. I knew I had to give back somehow.

 

Until late September I was unable to do much. Mid-October I started volunteering at VGH but I still had a big void to fill. One of my friends brought me upholstery sample books and a bag of fabric scraps, knowing that I loved to sew. It all came together for me. I could have a hobby, away from UV light, while relaxing and being creative. I could save fabric scraps from the landfill while turning them into something useful and beautiful like tote bags.  I would sell them and donate 100% of the proceeds to Charity.

 

I chose the BC Lupus Society as there is a need to create public awareness about this disease and I chose Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. I love their vision and mission. I was saddened to find out that last year, 358 women and 189 children were referred there, but were not served immediately due to lack of space, special needs or other reasons. I realized I can help.

  

This venture may not have come about if I hadn’t been faced with new challenges. But this is not about illness; it is about succeeding in the face of adversity and turning a problem into an opportunity. In one month, I have designed and made 23 bags, designed a web-site and set the infrastructure for this venture. I am proud to report that I have donated $1,000 to charity, in this short time frame. My goal is to have ongoing success in raising money, having fun and inspiring anyone who is faced with challenges that seem too great to overcome.

 

Please visit my website at www.scrappyendings.ca to purchase these beautiful bags and help provide much needed support for these charities.

 

This blog will appear in the Victoria News on January 12, 2011.

 

 

 

WE JOINED THE 2ND DECADE OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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