We support women and children to choose lives free from violence
- safe shelter and support from abuse, violence or the threat of abuse or violence to women and their children and their pets.
- meals, bedding, laundry, toiletries, crisis intervention and referral support to resident women and their children.
- outreach support to women who have not chosen to enter the Transition House but still may require support regarding any abuse or violence they experience.
- access to clothing donations.
- drop-in services for emotional and referral support.
What is Violence Against Women?The most recognizable forms of violence include
- Physical Assault: punching, hitting, kicking, slapping, shoving, biting, choking, using a weapon, withholding medicines or medical treatment, or threatening to do any of the above.
- Sexual Assault: forcing any kind of sexual activity on someone without that person's consent, even in a marriage.
Violence also includes
- Verbal Abuse: telling a person they're stupid, yelling, screaming, name-calling, or using sarcasm and put-downs; threatening to hurt a person.
- Emotional Abuse: making a person feel worthless; telling them they are the problem; humiliating them in front of others; not allowing them to visit friends or family; showing extreme jealousy; withholding documents; threatening deportation; or depriving someone of their freedom.
- Sexual Harassment: unwanted and suggestive comments or actions of a sexual nature; slurs, jokes, gestures regarding sexuality; unwanted physical contact; requests for sexual favours; or comments about an individual's sexual orientation or identity.
- Economic Abuse: controlling money or stopping a person from getting a job or education.
Call 911 in an emergency
The WINS Transition House also offers Supportive Recovery
- A safe and supportive environment for women who are experiencing drug and alcohol related problems and who are willing to engage in the recovery process.
- Staff offer 24 hour emotional support, advocacy and referrals to other service providers.
- If interested, contact your local Addictions Counselor or the Transition House for more information.
"In Her Shoes" Workshops now available.
"In Her Shoes" is a workshop that increases awareness about the issue of violence against women and encourages creative thinking about what each of us can do to work to end it. This simulation / role-play is based on true stories: real–life experiences of women with abusive partners. It will help participants understand, in a very compressed period of time, something of the experience of an abused woman and of how our responses might support or hinder her efforts to be safe.
Who should participate? Everyone! ..... professionals, club members, congregations, students, service providers, unions, community members, …. ! For more information and / or to arrange for a presentation of this 2 hour workshop in the Greater Trail area, please Contact the WINS Transition House.