NOVEMBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

As part of  Family Violence/Abuse Prevention Month. Every week in November the Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters (MAWS) is hosting a free, virtual screening of films that spotlight the devastating effects of gender-based violence (GBV), colonization & intergenerational trauma, as well as how to provide trauma-informed support for survivors.

 

All films will be followed by a short Q&A/discussion.

 

Please join us for one (or all!) of the screenings. The poster outlines the list of all the films we will be screening. Please feel free to share.

 

There is no registration for this month-long event. Follow this link or copy/paste to join the film screening directly: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85006202834   

 

As part of our commitment to trauma-informed practice, we will have a mental health counsellor available to speak to those who need support during the film screenings.

 

Contact Amber at amber@maws.mb.ca if you have any questions about the film fest.

PAST EVENTS

COMMUNITY WELLNESS DAY 2022 

Helping to bring awareness to Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness week our Annual Community Wellness Day was another HUGE success.  We first want to thank our generous funder, Justice Canada, who helped make this day possible for our community.

 

A very special thank you must go out to our AMAZING staff and volunteers who put together such a fabulous day.  And we would be amiss without recognizing the great collaboration from all of the community agencies who participated in our event (see below).  With the theme this year set as THE POWER OF COLLABORATION, we nailed it.

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CRAFTING          APRIL 2020 

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, many women and children in the shelter had limited things to do.  One of the activities they worked on was to create a custom tumbler.   After choosing a plain tumbler, they decided on what design and decal they wanted and got started.   Once they finished their designs the cups went for an epoxy finish so they could use them for years to come.  The final results were amazing.  

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WOMENS WELLNESS DAY 2019 

In recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, Nova House’s Annual Women’s Wellness Day 2019 was an absolute success! This year we had 240 woman and children attend our event, which makes this year the biggest turn out yet! We had over 30 amazing service providers from the community who shared their resources and services.

 

Great giveaway products, community resources, and self-care stations were set up for the women to enjoy, while our amazing volunteers in pink helped with children so moms could enjoy some well deserved pampering.

The theme of this year's Victims and Survivors of Crime Week was “Power of Collaboration.” Nova House recognized this theme with a fun activity project that required the efforts of a everyone who attended the event participate in. Throughout the day we asked attendees to draw a picture on simple green, purple, and pink squares and when finished the picture was added to a large grid. Through teamwork and collaboration throughout the day we turned simple square sheets of paper into a beautiful butterfly.

“Over the past three decades, Canada has made significant advances within the criminal justice system and victim services field to increase collaboration to ensure that the system is responsive to the various needs of victims of crime;
 

There is a continued need within the criminal justice system and victim services field for increased cross-sector collaboration, as well as enhanced coordination, partnerships, and multi-disciplinary responses to better support victims; 


More can always be done to address gaps in the continuum of services and to break down barriers for better access to the meaningful supports that victims depend on throughout the criminal justice process.”

 

If you are interested in learning more about Victims and Survivors of Crime week, please visit their website here

This event would not be possible without the amazing community support and incredible volunteers. If you are interested in participating in this amazing event next year, please email us at info@novahouse.ca so we can add to add you to our list.

 

This year's event would not be possible without the funding from the Department of Justice Canada. Thank you!

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