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IWC Women’s Press article

At the end of November, 1 in Four was contacted by a reporter, Alyssa Lai who had previously interviewed Cass for a story that she wrote for CBC Hamilton about Take Back The Night.  This time she was writing a story for the Women's Press newspaper, a bi-monthly publication put out by the Immigrant Women's Centre (IWC) and the story was to be about 1 in Four.  Alyssa wanted to write about how we as a grassroots group are trying to reach out and bridge the gap between women survivors of Domestic Violence and the services in place to support them in the Hamilton area.  So it was, that on December 6th of last year, Cass and I (minus Jen who had a sick child that day) headed off to the Immigrant Women Centre to tell our stories. IWC Women’s Press article

Just as my own comment here, I have to say that I love the Immigrant Women Centre, also known as St. Joseph's Immigrant Women Centre. I first learned of this great organization about seven years ago when I was involved with another not-for-profit organization and I remember then being impressed by how much they really do care about the women and children who come to them for services.  Ines Rios is the Director and she is one tiny bundle of energy and drive; tireless in her pursuit to put everything she can into place to help women and their families who are newcomers to the city.  There are English classes, childcare, computer classes, driving education, you name it they have it.

We are so very grateful to have the support of agencies like the Immigrant Women's Centre.  Our goal at 1 in Four is to work hand in hand with these organizations to anticipate every possible way to get the word out that help is available and easy to access. We are hopeful that not only will this story educate and enlighten about Domestic Violence, but will also help women without reliable access to computers to know that the site exists.  Please join with us as we continue to spread the word.

You can read the story online here: Website connects women with support services

Or pick up a copy of the Women's Press at one of their 130 distribution locations here in Hamilton, ON.

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About cjw

A mother of three and a survivor of domestic violence, I am passionate about helping women who feel isolated and alone, women who may have children that are profoundly impacted by the trauma of domestic violence and women who need to understand where they can go to get help for themselves and their families. I am a registered nurse who has worked for the last 16 years in a critical care area only to have to flee to a women's shelter and have my whole life changed. I know fear, I know pain and I now know food banks...I'm in good company.
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