Week Without Violence

Living in limbo: we can end hardships for Mothers without Legal Status

At the YWCA, decades of experience have shown us that when we meet the needs of women on the margins, all women benefit. It’s why we continue with...

YWCA Week without Violence: 20 years of fighting violence against women

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of YWCA Week Without Violence in what has been a watershed year for the topic. The sexual assault cases of Jian...

Ways you can combat cyberviolence

Cyberviolence happens in Canada and around the world. According to the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women , "Girls and young women '...

Cyberviolence: When abuse continues online

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. I grew up reciting this nursery rhyme and believing its message, but now that I’m...

Staying Safe after Leaving

Myth: It will get better if you leave him Reality: It’s not that easy. For many women, the violence escalates after leaving Abuse is about power and...

Economic independence and security

In our last blog, we talked about the importance of finding support for women leaving an abusive partner and the multiple barriers they face in...

Obstacles, roadblocks and detours

Many women who experience violence from an intimate partner will agree with Beverly Gooden that leaving him is a process, not an event. And sometimes...

The challenges of leaving abuse: child and family protection

Read the first part of our series of Barriers to Leaving Abusive Relationships on Emotional Turmoil here . Myth: A woman should just take her...

Abuse isn’t always black and blue: emotional barriers to leaving abuse

This is the first of a series of posts from our #NotThatEasy campaign. Stay tuned this week as we talk more about the barriers women face when trying...