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New moving service for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Launching in Calgary & Edmonton this summer

Established in 2016, Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization that supports survivors of violence by facilitating their transition to a safer life. From 2018-2022, Alberta consistently has a higher rate of women and girls killed by violence involving a male accused than the yearly national average. These concerning numbers were particularly prevalent in …

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Shining the spotlight on gender-based and intimate partner violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) are characterized by stalking, sexual and physical violence and psychological aggression by a current or former partner.   These types of abuse don’t discriminate. In fact, these types of abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, race, culture, gender, sex, education or socioeconomic status.  The statistics for GBV …

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Understanding Trauma Bonds In Partner Violence

There is an abundance of research on cycles of abuse in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and why survivors have difficulties leaving abusive relationships. Several reasons exist, including but not limited to gaslighting, manipulation, increased risk of further harm, financial dependence, isolation, familial or cultural expectations, and physiological vulnerabilities.  Additionally, some survivors of abuse may experience …

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The Impact of Gender-Based Violence on Children

We know that every 2 days a woman or girl is killed in Canada, but gender-based violence (GBV) also takes less obvious forms including sexual, emotional and financial abuse. GBV reverberates outwards, affecting many others in a wide web of trauma. Many children who witness violence within their families experience pain and suffering that they …

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Preventing Gender-Based Violence Means Starting at the Source

In recent years, social media discourse has started to shift the public conversation on sexual assault. Everyday, new posts go up reinforcing the idea that sexual violence is not a result of how a woman acts or dresses, but the actions of predators. However, despite societal changes that are starting to emphasize men’s culpability for …

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Building Safe Spaces: Understanding the barriers in accessing gender-based violence support for trans individuals

Building Safe Spaces: Understanding the barriers in accessing gender-based violence support for trans individuals

People experiencing gender-based violence (GBV) face many barriers in leaving an abusive relationship. From fear of retaliation to financial and societal pressures, a variety of factors can complicate this already difficult situation. Although anti-GBV organizations are on the frontline of providing support to those experiencing abuse and alleviating these concerns, there is still significant work …

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