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YWCA Update – Spring 2020

Shelter, safety planning, referrals and ongoing support are more important now than ever. Staying home is causing increased risk of harm to women and children who are now trapped with abusers, with fewer opportunities to get help. Here and around the world, women who have been able to reach safety or call for help report…read more

Our most urgent need

As a community, we’ve all been doing our very best to help flatten the curve by staying home to stay safeduring the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet for women and children now trapped in isolation with abusive men, staying home has never been more dangerous. The COVID-19 crisis has created a toxic combination of increased stress, isolation…read more

COVID-19 impacts on gender-based sexual violence, domestic violence and sex trafficking

During the COVID-19 outbreak, there has already been a sharp increase in the risk of domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) due to restrictions on movement. COVID-19 is not the cause of domestic violence, but it can escalate an already abusive situation. View Info Sheet as PDF

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YWCA Peterborough Haliburton announces the end of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes after 11 years

KawarthaNOW | YWCA Peterborough Haliburton has announced it is ending the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Peterborough after 11 years, according to a media release. “We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to all past participants, sponsors and volunteers whose shared compassion has resulted in more than $950,000 in critical funding…read more

Making transformation possible

The transformative force of education is something Dr. Anne Keenleyside and her partner, Patrick Butler, have witnessed time and again through their work at Trent University. Recently, Anne shared with us how fortunate she feels to have had the resources – money, time and family support – that allowed her to pursue higher education and…read more

COVID-19 Update

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton support and crisis services for women who experience violence are still available.  We have implemented COVID-19 screening assessment, disinfecting, physical distancing and isolation practices to keep everyone as safe as possible. We know that dramatic health protection measures will slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Shelter, safety planning, referrals and ongoing support are…read more

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