Creating a Brighter Future
There are many misconceptions about women experiencing abuse, but the reality is our clients come from all walks of life, including affluent communities. Each woman who comes to us for help has taken the first step to building a brighter future. We work with her when and where she needs us most.
YW Calgary’s Domestic Violence Outreach program provides support for women either in the community or in their transition from shelter who have experienced domestic abuse. We know that each woman’s experience is unique so we provide holistic services, tools and information to help families rebuild their lives and live free from violence.
When she first connected with YW, Dawn felt uncomfortable sharing her story, fearing her experiences could be used against her, specifically with regards to her ability to parent her young children. Dawn’s partner had been telling her for many years that he would take the children from her if she spoke out or tried to leave him. Eventually, Dawn began to feel more connected to her counsellor and was able to let some of her fear go.
The ongoing sessions with her counsellor helped Dawn to identify and name the abuse she had been experiencing at the hands of her partner. Dawn created a personal safety plan with her counsellor for herself as well as her children to use when they visited with their father. The plans helped Dawn and her children identify safe spaces and people that they could contact in times of crisis. This gave them a sense of control over their lives, something they had not known for years.
The counsellor helped Dawn re-build her selfesteem and reassured her that she was not to blame for the abuse.
Today, the family continues to heal and are living in their home, safe and free from abuse.
Thanks to generous contributions, YW provided support to more than 250 women like Dawn last year through our Outreach program. Thank you for making a difference.