In 2019, She Is Your Neighbour was launched in the form of a blog series and social media campaign. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WSCWR) asked community leaders to share their perspectives on domestic violence and explain why they are invested in ending it. These community leaders became ambassadors of the She Is Your Neighbour project. Together, WCSWR and these leaders explored different types of abuse and challenged the misconception that domestic violence refers only to physical violence. Many ambassadors shared stories of emotional, psychological, and financial violence that they have witnessed or experienced.
In fall 2020, the She Is Your Neighbour podcast was released! In the podcast, WCSWR takes a deep dive into domestic violence. Through thought-provoking discussions WCSWR addresses hard topics like domestic violence and the drug trade, violence against Indigenous women and girls, challenges for transgender youth seeking support, and more.
She Is Your Neighbour airs every other Wednesday from 12:01pm to 1:00pm starting 27 January 2021 to 2 June 2021, and is hosted by Jenna Mayne.
WCSWR encourages you to get involved! Read a blog story, tune into the podcast, buy a book, start conversations, and use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour. We can’t do this without you! We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence.
What is Domestic Violence?
There are many forms of domestic violence, all of which include attempts to maintain power and control over the thoughts, beliefs and behaviour of a woman by creating fear and/or dependency. All forms of abuse result in the woman feeling powerless, unequal and unsafe.
Forms of Domestic Violence
Domestic abuse includes but is not limited to:
Know the signs
Signs of domestic abuse include but are not limited to:
- Insults or put downs, name calling
- Violent outbursts
- Threats of violence or harm
- Threats to destroy property or harm pets
- Forced sexual acts
- Physical assault
- Control over finances
- Unkept promises of change
We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence
Use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour