Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter

… Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted over 5,000 families with critical immediate care services … //
… Future: Ernestine’s Strategic Priorities 2010-2013:

  • To build fundraising capacity and raise more money by leveraging internal resources and increasing community engagement.
  • To enhance service delivery, advocacy and partnerships to meet the growing needs of all women and children accessing EWS.
  • To ensure our policies and procedures provide the foundation for excellence in service delivery.
  • To build on the strong organizational culture by ensuring alignment of values, demonstrating the commitment to our staff, students and volunteers and ensure excellence in service delivery … (full text past-present-future).

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Posting Address: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 141, Stn. B, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 5K9, Canada;

About /Violence, The Truth: Facts about Violence Against Women and Children in Canada:  

  • One out of three women has been beaten, forced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime,
  • Every second a woman somewhere in Canada experiences some form of sexual violence,
  • 80% of aboriginal women have been assaulted or abused,
  • Women with disabilities are 150% more likely to be sexually abused or assaulted, than women without disabilities,
  • In Canada one to two women are murdered by a former or current partner every week,
  • Every year in Canada, up to 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence,
  • Children who witness family violence often display elevated rates of depression, aggression, delinquency, and other emotional problems,
  • Women are three times more likely than men to be physically injured by spousal violence and five times more likely to require medical attention,
  • 89% of sexual assault victims/survivors have no visible physical injuries,
  • Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic,
  • Violence is a major factor in women’s health and well-being. Health related costs of violence against women in Canada exceed $1.5 billion a year.

Violence in lesbian relationships:

A small study found that 20% of lesbians had experienced some form of emotional/psychological or physical violence in a relationship with a woman. Eleven percent had experienced physical violence, and 2% had been sexually assaulted in the relationship. The statistics are much lower than in male-female relationships, but it nevertheless remains an important issue, particularly because lesbians may not feel they can seek help from social services, police or the courts because of the stigma and discrimination around sexual orientation.

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