What challenges do mothers face when fleeing an abuser?

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Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Canada, accounting for 30% of all incidents of violence reported to police in 2018.  Each survivor’s story is unique, and each must navigate her own set of challenges and build on her own strengths. 

Many of the women walking through Dixon’s doors are not alone in their journey to seek a life free from violence. Several are mothers. 

Motherhood naturally comes with its own set of challenges when it comes to fleeing an abuser. Many of these challenges can even act as a deterrent to leaving and/or seeking help. 

Survivors usually understand their situations the best, more so than anyone else. The decisions women make are often made in order to protect their own interests and those of their children and are influenced by a variety of factors. 

Understanding these factors is critical in not only supporting mothers as they flee their abusers, but also in preventing subsequent abuse and ending cycles of violence. Join us as we take a deep dive into how mothers experience domestic violence. 

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Immigration Policy Today: How Does It Impact Survivors of Violence Against Women?

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If you’ve never navigated the process of becoming a Canadian citizen, you might not understand just how complicated this process is. Today we’re going to look at the Canadian citizenship process, and how this can be a barrier for immigrant women fleeing violence.

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Why Representation Matters to Women Experiencing Violence

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A TV has an image of a sad woman on it. Above the TV are the words "Why Representation Matters to Women Experiencing Violence"

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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