Confronting Violence Against Women

Know the facts…

Violence against women is the world’s largest and most persistent human rights violation, and Canada is no exception.

  • Over 50% of Canadian women experience an incident of violence at some point in their lives, the majority before they turn 25.
  • Young women experience the highest rates of violence and the rate of violence by boyfriends is on the rise.
  • Psychological or emotional abuse and frequent heavy drinking raises the risk of violence.
  • Serious stalking is a crime called criminal harassment.
  • Violence against women costs Canadian society more than $4 billion each year and takes an incalculable human toll.

Stop violence before it starts.  Take your relationship seriously and learn to recognize the early warning signs of violence.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in a relationship get help.  For more information about dating violence, connect with a YWCA in your community.

Suggested Activities

  • Healthy Relationships Workshop - Talk to women and men about what makes 'healthy' relationship choices. Provide information to participants about what to do if they, or someone they know, are in a dangerous relationship or are causing harm to themselves or others around them. See the quiz in our Are You Cool Brochure.
  • Open House/Information Displays – Set up a display at a local mall with information about services in your community for women in abusive relationships. Inviting other community agencies will give people more resources to draw upon.
  • Anger Focus Workshop - Allow women to direct the anger that often comes with being a victim/survivor of abuse. Anger is a healthy response to victimization, however, it is a disruptive force if the anger is not understood. Learning how to express our feelings can help us be true to ourselves and those around us. Facilitated by a registered therapist, well trained in the area of surviving abuse, a workshop can help participants explore their emotions and learn effective ways to express them.
  • The Clothesline Project - Have participants (elementary/secondary students, victims of violence, parents etc) draw or paint their experience of violence or vision of peace. Hang the drawings on a clothesline in a public space.

Looking for women’s anti-violence resources in Canada to help you plan your event or connect with a community partner?  Check out our extensive list.