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Purple is power for local shelter

November 20, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek
People In Transition, ‘My Sisters Place’, the local women and children’s shelter, in partnership with, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses, is calling on all residents of New Tecumseth to purchase a purple scarf during Woman Abuse Prevention Month for the 5th Annual Wrapped in Courage Campaign this November.
Women Shelters and community organizations across the province are engaging with their communities to address the issue of Woman Abuse.
“Throughout the month of November, we are inviting everyone in Ontario to show their support by wearing a purple scarf to let women and their children know they are not alone,” said Sheila Cormier, MSP representative. “The courage of a woman alone is not enough. It takes the commitment and support of an entire community to end violence against all women.”
In a press release sent by the shelter, that sadly operates to capacity most weeks a year, these facts were listed:
• Approximately 10,900 women and 6,700 children were served through Violence Against Women Shelter
• 51,700 crisis calls were received on crisis lines for women
• 40,500 women and 3,900 children received counselling
• From November 2015 to November 2016 there were 29 women reported on, by the media in Ontario, who were murdered from either their current or previous intimate partner-Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses
• 74 per cent of all domestic violence homicide cases reviewed from 2003–2015 involved a couple where there was a history of domestic violence, while 68 per cent of cases reviewed from 2003–2015 involved an actual or pending separation
• On a snapshot day in Canada, 44 per cent of women shelters were full due to overcapacity and lack of resources to respond to requests
“For nearly 40 years the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses has been supporting Women Shelters across the province to provide safe housing, counselling, legal and outreach support services to assist women to live their lives free from violence,” said Cormier. “We need to work together to eliminate all forms of violence for all women and children in Ontario. Your support of Women’s Shelter Services is essential in making that happen.”
Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.’
To learn more about the Wrapped in Courage Campaign and how you can support women and children in your community visit

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