The Courage of a Woman is NOT Enough
Now in its 7th year, shelters across the province are engaging the community to become more aware of the often overlooked issue of woman abuse in Ontario.
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. The purple scarf is a symbol of the courage it takes woman leave her abuser. However, the courage of the woman is not enough. It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women.
On average there are 20-30 women a year who are murdered every year in Ontario by their current or previous male partner. When we include other family member and men known to women, this number rises significantly. It is the number two reason for calls to the emergency police services. Additionally, it overwhelmingly affects children in the areas of: focus at school; relationships with peers and adults; increased risk of participating in high risk behaviours such as substance use; and increased risk of anxiety and depression. Further to this, domestic and sexual violence has a significant impact on the workplace and in our larger communities.
During the month of November, everyone across Ontario is invited to participate in showing abused women across the province that they have our support. The United Nations has designated November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) as the first of 16 days of Action to eliminate Violence Against Women across the world. We are asking Ontarians to wear our purple scarf especially on these days to show women and their children that their community supports them and they are not alone.