As I write this, the wind is blowing and howling outside of my window, it's a lonely sound. I remember sitting and looking out my window in the Fall of 2010, the wind was howling then too and the window I was sitting at was at Inasmuch House in Hamilton, a shelter for women. I was alone and the wind echoed my pain. Thank God for Inasmuch House for although I felt alone in what I was going through, I had never been more surrounded by support.
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Last week I had a break and enter at my home. Not much was taken (I'm grateful that I obviously have nothing of any real value!) but my bedroom was ransacked. I walked in to see most of my clothes strewn across the floor and I suddenly realised that I couldn’t touch them. I couldn’t physically touch them! (How weird is that?) I figured I would be able to do it the next day...nope. Then the next and the next...nope, nope, nope. OK I was just going to have to wait until I was able to speak to my counsellor at Catholic Family Services. I came home from that appointment a few days later and was finally able to clear up my clothes ... my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from Domestic Violence had been triggered but once I was able to see that clearly I was able to move on.
One of the things that we are most committed to here at 1infour is to maintain the calendar of monthly events. In fact, the idea to have a calendar that reflects goings-on across the city was one of the founding principles behind the creation of 1infour, we recognise how important it is to be connected and not isolated. Not everyone will go to workshops or barbeques but hey, who wouldn't like a free manicure or haircut? From Women's Weekly (one of my personal favs) to zumba at Good Shepherd, there are multiple opportunities to connect with other women and guess what? ... Good Shepherd offers services that you don't even have to identify as a woman who has experienced any issues of abuse! The services are all there for the taking!
It has been a while since I wrote a blog post for 1infour, considering I wrote everyday for about a year, this has indeed been a long break! Lots of reasons I guess, time moves on but some things don’t change. I am not the person I was when we started 1infour, I am older, hopefully a little wiser but definitely stronger.
Well for one, 1infour exists for the children : not just my children but for every child who has lived in a home where anger and tension are the norm, where mothers turn away so that the children won’t see their tears and where “walking on eggshells” is the safest way to be.
Now and again we all meet people whose outward appearance belies the person underneath, Doreen Nicoll is one such person. Doreen and I met late last year when we both appeared as guests on a television show, she sat across from me and I noted how petite and frail she seemed...until she started speaking! My friend Doreen may be petite but she is a powerhouse of empowerment, a woman who has and is still living with the effects of domestic violence and yet who has chosen to speak up to advocate for others. Doreen wields her pen (or rather, her computer) as her weapon of choice, writing prolifically in her fight to do her part to end poverty, hunger and gendered violence. 1 in four will be showcasing Doreen's blogs, the first of which appears below...enjoy!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic
August 12th we hosted a launch party along with Information Hamilton to unveil our new Community Links page , being maintained through an amazing custom plug-in designed and implemented by RedBook .
Fostering exchange to support individuals affected by domestic violence
1 in Four: the domestic violence project invites you to join women, survivors, service providers and community members in Hamilton to celebrate our 2-year anniversary as we launch our new resource database in collaboration with Information Hamilton.
When: August 12 at 2 p.m.
Where: 5 th floor, Hamilton Public Library, Central location ( 55 York Blvd. )
What: Find out how our new resource database can support your work in eradicating domestic violence.
Keynote by: Jessica Prominski of Hollaback Hamilton , a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using online and mobile technology.
I had the huge privilege of speaking to a great group of women the other day. The women and their children are taking part in a group called LEAF which
"Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse
Choose Your Language
August 29, 2016
– Aqua Fit at the YWCA
12:00 pm, Good Shepherd Women's Services
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