Why Representation Matters to Women Experiencing Violence

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For many of us, our main source of information about domestic violence is the news. News reports play an important role in shaping the public’s perceptions of violence as a personal or social problem.  

Public perceptions can have profound effects on the experiences of women fleeing violence. Public opinion can influence a woman’s decision to get help and shape policy directives in government.  

Moreover, the ways in which women are represented in media more broadly are a major contributor to misogynistic, objectifying attitudes and systemic oppression. They can normalize the abuse and degradation of women; as seen by the treatment of Britney Spears during the early and mid- 2000s. Join us as we take a deep dive into how media representations affect women experiencing violence.

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Our Commitment to Ending Violence Against Women

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This has been a painful week for women across the world.  

Dixon Transition Society mourns the loss of Sarah Everard, Ashley Yaun, Xiaoje Tan, Daoyou Feng, and the other Asian women murdered in the senseless act of violence against women we witnessed in Atlanta on March 16, 2021.

We send our most heartfelt condolences to their families and friends in this difficult moment. 

The events of the past week implore us to continue fighting for a world free of violence against women. We understand that the murders of these women are not isolated events, but rather reflect an enduring pattern of misogyny and patriarchy in society that leave women at risk of violence—whether they are at work, walking home, or following their dreams.  

We also recognize the intersectionality of women’s experiences of violence, and remain committed to providing culturally sensitive support and advocacy for every woman that walks through our doors. 

We are always learning from our clients, and look forward to remaining a space where women of all backgrounds feel supported and empowered to begin living lives free of violence.  

Today and every day Dixon is committed to fighting to eliminate barriers to a world free of violence against women, and raising the next generation of young people to treat women with dignity and respect.

If you, or a woman you love is experiencing violence, our doors are always open. Please call 604.298.3454 for support and assistance—we are here for you 24/7.  

Technology & Domestic Violence

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How we can harness machine learning and artificial intelligence to address violence against women

Now more than ever, technology is a deeply engrained part of our lives. We harness the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning throughout our day, from picking tonight’s movie on Netflix to shopping for the perfect water bottle on Amazon. But did you know that technology, specifically that which relies on Artificial Intelligence (AI), is helping end domestic violence on multiple fronts?  

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at two ways AI has been used recently to support survivors of domestic violence and how we can continue to harness the power of technology to eliminate violence against women. 

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