“Even if everybody around you doubts your strength, you owe it to yourself to keep fighting.
You deserve to live a happy life.” – YWCA Client

“You are worthy of love and respect. Abuse is insidious and robs us of our dignity.
You can become whole and strong, and the YWCA can help.” – YWCA Client

“What helped most was telling my family doctor, who immediately put me on the phone with the YWCA. I went to the START program and found the resources, the understanding and the help that I needed.” – YWCA Client

“Leaving is so hard but you will create new strength for yourself that you didn’t even think was there.
Taking back your life is worth it.” – YWCA Client

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Check out our Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter

In this edition of our newsletter, you’ll hear from our Long Term Education Award recipient and learn all about our BoySpace pilot program. Be sure not to miss our upcoming events (like Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!) and great snapshots of hard-working community members who share our commitment to improving local lives.  

Read our Fall 2016 Newsletter

Our Fall Newsletter is all about gratitude – and we’re giving thanks for 125 years of support and partnerships that have helped women and children thrive! Learn about how it all began, where we’re headed next and how local supporters are helping to double the difference a monthly donation to the YWCA can make. You’ll also…read more

2016 Annual Impact Report

Your support over the past year has helped local women and children achieve some truly incredible things. In fact, many are building lives they once only dreamed of because you helped put an end to their nightmare. Read all about the meaningful ways your support has helped make a difference for local women and children…read more

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If the Walk A Mile shoe fits … Peterborough men try on their heels

Peterborough Examiner – May 19, 2017 – Clifford Skarstedt With one week to go before the YWCA Walk A Mile event (happening next Friday on George St.), participants headed down to the YWCA offices on Simcoe St. to be fitted for the red high heels they’ll wear for the walk. The walk, which raises funds…read more

How a group of young feminists opened Canada’s first shelter for abused women and children

The Canadian Press – May 2, 2017 – by Laura Kane Jan knew she had to leave. It was 1973 and her husband spent most days drinking and seething with rage. One afternoon, he smacked her on the back of the head, knocking her to the floor and nearly cracking her skull on a wall….read more

YWCA Delivers “Wake Up Call” to Peterborough Businesses and Community Members

PTBOCanada – May 1, 2017 On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. This stunning Statistics Canada figure is front and centre in a local campaign in Peterborough that highlights the ongoing need for YWCA services that help women and their children safely escape violent relationships. On Monday,…read more

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