Shelter Awareness

Rethinking the stereotypes

Nov 23, 2013 / 5:00 am

I don’t fit the stereotype of an abused woman. At least not the one I always carried around in my head. I’m university educated. A respected...

Immigrant women

Oct 12, 2013 / 5:00 am

For a woman who is impacted by family violence and abuse, recognizing that they are experiencing abuse and taking the step of reaching out for help can be a...

Violence Against Women Week

Apr 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

The third week of April has been designated as Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in British Columbia. It is a week set aside to focus attention on the...

Home not always 'safe'

Dec 23, 2012 / 5:00 am

As Christmas approaches, the usual bustle at the Kelowna Women’s Shelter is multiplied by a flurry of holiday preparations. Like most households at this...

Dynamic shelter support groups

Oct 19, 2012 / 5:00 am

A door opens at the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and women stream from a sun lit room, resource materials in hand. They are laughing and chatting with each...

Helping a friend

Jun 17, 2012 / 5:00 am

Recent stats confirm that family violence is an issue of concern, even here in our lovely valley. Given this fact, there is the very real likelihood that it may...

Warning signs

Apr 8, 2012 / 5:00 am

She touches her bruised cheek gingerly and says softly, “It was so good in the beginning! I never thought it would end like this.” She has just fled...

Fleeing abuse

Feb 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

“I just can’t live like this anymore and I can’t let my kids go through it either.” The woman's voice reflects a mixture of...

Anticipating a 'real' Christmas

Dec 15, 2011 / 5:00 am

“I hope we don’t ever go back home - and I’m definitely not leaving before Christmas,” a young boy commented fervently a Christmas...

Things can be different

Nov 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

She called out to me at the beach. She was there with her children – and her “new” partner. Not so new, she smiled, explaining that...

Do I stay or leave?

Oct 20, 2011 / 5:00 am

What does a woman do when she realizes that her physical and emotional safety, or that of her children, is at risk, not on the streets, but within their own...

Family violence and abuse

Sep 15, 2011 / 5:00 am

Imagine rising early to prepare for an important presentation at the office; weeks of effort resting on the quality of this presentation. Imagine the nervous...

Abuse is never okay

Jul 8, 2011 / 5:00 am

The phone rings and a voice, bordering on tears, says hesitantly, “I was wondering if I could talk to someone?” She hastens to add, “I...

Bullies have many faces

Jun 5, 2011 / 5:00 am

Bullies have many faces; but whether they dominate the schoolyard, the workplace, the hockey arena or the family dinner table the impact on a targeted child or...

Children impacted by family violence

May 6, 2011 / 5:00 am

While children may be the direct victims of family violence, they are almost always indirect victims, traumatized by seeing their mother beaten, or by the...