October 16 – 20, 2023
During the third week of October, YWCAs observe the Week Without Violence to envision and advocate for a violence-free world. This year, join us in creating a movement to end gender-based violence in every space where it occurs. We know that there is a deep connection between online and offline hate speech and violence against women, girls and gender diverse people in all their diversity.
We all have the right to be our truest selves, to explore and express ourselves safely and free from violence, whether in digital spaces or in our neighbourhoods.
Together, we are standing in solidarity with survivors of technology facilitated and gender-based violence and taking action to end violence on our screens and on our streets!
Here are a few resources to help you on your journey.
The “Signal for Help” is a tool to help those experiencing gender-based violence, created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. It’s a simple one-handed gesture someone can use, without leaving a digital trace, to communicate they need someone to safely check in and support them.
Watch video example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFLZEQFIm7k
We encourage anyone experiencing violence, in person or digitally, to connect with the following local services agencies to guide you to a safer future. If you are in immediate danger, please contact police by calling 9-1-1.
Helpline to find any service in your area. Call or text 211. https://211.ca/
Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig Northern Ontario First Nations Crisis Line
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Text: #SAFE (#7233) on your Bell, Rogers, or Telus mobile phone
Kids Help Phone
Call 1-800-6868 or text 686868 https://kidshelpphone.ca/
Seniors Safety Line
Peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning peers. Call 1-877-330-6366. https://translifeline.org/
Victim Services Elgin
Victim Services Elgin provides assistance and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for victims of crime and tragic circumstances in St. Thomas, Aylmer, and all communities within Elgin County. https://www.victimserviceselgin.com/
Violence Against Women
Violence Against Women provides women with 24 hour helpline, drop-in support as well as emergency shelter. https://www.vawsec.on.ca/
Second Stage Housing
Second Stage Housing provides transitional supports and safe housing to women with or without children, who are leaving abusive relationships. https://www.secondstagehousing.net/