More women seeking help from YWCA

Haliburton Echo |

Women have been seeking help in greater numbers in Haliburton County over the last year. During the Take Back the Night march in Haliburton on Thursday, Denise Morton-Sayles, a counsellor at YWCA Haliburton gave a speech to the group assembled in Head Lake Park.

She said from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019, they “saw a 30 per cent increase in the number of women seeking services at the YWCA in Minden.”

There was also a 38 per cent increase in those accessing the Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace, also known as HERS.

“Although the statistics are sad and very telling, we are here for the women behind the numbers,” Morton-Sayles said.

She pointed to provincial stats showing that 30 women were murdered this year. Across Canada, 80 women have been killed with 26 per cent of those being Indigenous women (Indigenous people make up about five per cent of the Canadian population). (Read more…)