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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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There are many forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) including physical, emotional, and sexual. One in three women has experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. 

United Way has worked tirelessly to ensure that organizations and agencies that tackle gender-based violence can still operate, despite the challenges the pandemic has placed on them. With the help of our donors and the government of Canada, we have been able to support these essential services in your community. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, initial reports from front-line services indicate all types of gender-based VAWG, especially domestic violence has increased. The pandemic has put a strain on all health and essential services making it difficult for women to get the help they need.  

Did you know? 

  • Violence against women is, “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life,” according to the UN general assembly in 1993. 

  • VAWG can cause health concerns such as depression, headaches, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  

  • Women who are pregnant are at high risk for complications and problems during their pregnancy. 

  • Children who live in homes where violence is present have the chance of being in violent relationships later in life. Teens are at greater risk for depression, drug, and alcohol use, and unsafe behavior. 

  • Indigenous women and girls report experiences of violence 2.7 times more than non-Indigenous women and girls.    

UWCNVI helps to address issues around VAWG by getting individuals and families the resources they need. Since the pandemic, we have been hard at work to make sure community members have a roof over their head, food in their stomach, the social support that is lacking, and the mental health resources they need.  

United Way supports local organizations from the Malahat to Port Hardy that help women and their children access resources and provide them with safe temporary housing. We also work to provided women and children with food and water when they need it. Also, we work closely with organizations that provide women and children with social and mental health support to help them get through a violent situation. Our community organizations work hard to ensure that our women and children have what they need when they are going through a difficult time. Throughout the pandemic and beyond, we will continue to advocate for everyone’s safety and wellbeing. 

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If you need help here are some resources  

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/te7721 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-violence-against-women 

https://endingviolence.org/need-help/ 

http://www.bcwomens.ca/health-info/violence/violence-against-women 

https://www.domesticshelters.org/help/bc/nanaimo 

https://www.narsf.org 

https://www.havensociety.com 

https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/women-fleeing-violence 

Some additional resources if you would like to learn more about Violence Against Women and Girls.  

https://www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/public-safety/domestic-violence 

https://canadianwomen.org/the-facts/gender-based-violence/ 

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/violence-against-women 

 

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