WWV 2023: Not on our streets, Not in our screens

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.

What is the Signal for Help?

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

10 Easy Steps to Maximize Your Tech Use Privacy

Ensure that your tech use and online sharing are done more safely to protect yourself. 

Teen Digital Dating Toolkit

In a digital dating world, ensure your teen has the tools to protect themselves against digital dating violence 

Need help?

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

 Call 1-800-388-5171

Assaulted Women’s Helpline

Call 1-866-863-0511 

TTY: 1-866-863-7868 

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

Call 1-866-299-1011

Trans Lifeline

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/ 

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