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Family Violence Awareness
Violence against women and children happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
Trevor’s intention is to truly inspire people, and to support people to get over their past and create a new beginning.
“I was raised in a home where domestic violence was rampant. When I was little, I was so scared, confused, and wished someone would help. My father told our family if we reported the violence to the police that he would harm or kill us; so we kept quiet.
As I got older, I tried standing up and stopping the fights because they were so scary and violent. But I found when I did it made the fights worse for a short period of time then it would end suddenly. So I decided it was worth it.
I didn’t know a Harbour House existed anywhere. I wish I had known then, but that’s behind me now. I want to help women and children experience freedom by learning that there is a place to go for them. It’s safe here at the YWCA Lethbridge and District. Lives can be rebuilt and self-confidence can grow!”
To follow Trevor’s journey follow him on Facebook – Elevating Lives one Peak At A Time.
Trevor is a true philanthropist, funding all of his own journeys through his own income and some wonderful sponsors. All money raised and donated to the YWCA through the 'Climb to End Family Violence' stays at the YWCA for our domestic violence programs.
Preparing for and participating in mountain climbing is a high risk activity. Despite all precautions being taken, if, for whatever reason the climbs cannot be completed, your donations have been accepted gratefully for “Family Violence Programs” and will not be refunded.
Some Sobering Thoughts
If a woman is being abused, why doesn’t she just leave the relationship?
Just to mention a few...
Fear of greater danger to herself and her children if they try to leave
75% of domestic violence homicides happen when a woman was in the process of leaving or had already left her abuser
Fear that her partner will follow her and kill her, kill himself, or kill the children and animals.
This fear is often based on real threats delivered by her partner. Over 60% of women living in an emergency shelter had their pet harmed and/or killed by an abusive partner.
Fear, or threat, that her abuser may do something to get her.
Report her to welfare, call her workplace, harass her family.
Lack of support.
From social isolation resulting in lack of support from family and friends, and negative responses from the community, police, courts, etc.
What should you do if you or someone you know is being abused?
Call YWCA Lethbridge & District Harbour House Crisis Line — 403-320-1881 or 1-866-296-0447
Statistics from YWCA lethbridge Last Year
- 535 (308 women & 227 children) resided in Harbour House
- 1,218 (376 women with 842 children) turned away as all beds were full
- 2,350 crisis calls; 410 in-person crisis calls; 7,801 non-crisis calls (information only)
- 97 identified sexual assaults
- 86 women identified as being at extreme risk of assault and/or homicide
- 1,468 women with 1,599 children accessed services
- 67 male clients for the 2014-2015 fiscal year
- 165 Victim Awareness Sessions Completed
- 68 attended landlord / tenant sessions
- 44 took part in Rape Aggression Defense Workshops
YWCA Lethbridge & District
Supports people from our community at times when they need it most, regardless of their circumstance. In 2014/15, YWCA supported over 6000 individuals through our programs & services, which are offered by 60 qualified staff and strengthened through the dedication of 100 volunteers.