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VAW Services During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic and under the guidance to physically distance and isolate, women and children are at a greater risk of experiencing abuse, particularly at home. Stop VAW and all its members have a responsibility to ensure all programs, services, and resources continue to be accessible and available to ensure women and their children can remain as safe as possible during this time. The following includes information about how to stay safe and the availability of services each member agency has to offer during this pandemic

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Past News

Lack of safe, affordable housing for women fleeing abuse a ‘huge concern’: advocates

June 18, 2021

Lack of space prevented nearly 120 women from accessing emergency shelter in Perth County last year while the need for second-stage housing for families fleeing violent situations remains at an all-time high in the region, new figures show….

From The Beacon Herald 

Improving services for domestic violence victims a first step for new advisory group

March 18, 2021

A new advisory group supporting local efforts to address domestic violence is encouraging women with lived experience to share their stories in an effort to strengthen the services available to victims in Perth County….

From The Beacon Herald 

Women with lived experience of violence asked to form new advisory group

Oct 5, 2020

Watchdogs in Stratford and the surrounding area concerned about an increase in domestic violence reports this year say a new advisory group of women with lived experience …

From The Beacon Herald 

‘Heartbreaking’ spike in domestic violence ‘not surprising’ observers say

Sep 25, 2020

A concerning spike in domestic violence reported in Stratford and the surrounding area this week is “heartbreaking,” a local anti-violence advocate says.

From The Beacon Herald 

Gender-based violence could be flying under the radar, experts say

May 15, 2020

Requests for help from women experiencing violence in the Stratford area have so far increased only slightly during the pandemic, but those keeping track say there is evidence to suggest cases are going unreported more often than usual

From The Beacon Herald 

Violence Against Women Persists

Dec 6, 2019

Stop VAW Perth County held a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women event in Stratford’s Market Square:

From The Beacon Herald 

16 Days of Activism in 2019

Nov 27, 2019

Stop VAW’s chair and coordinator share Stop VAW initiatives during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence and the alarming statistics and trends regarding violence against women in Perth County

From The Beacon Herald