November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month

Photo of Family Transition Place board member Denyse Horner holding up a sign reading love should not hurt wearing a purple scarf

Woman abuse is not a women’s issue. It is a human rights issue, and it affects us all. Together, we can work to eliminate woman abuse. Indeed we must. Every woman and child has the fundamental right to live in safety and security.

The purple scarf is a symbol of the courage it takes woman leave her abuser. However, the courage of the woman is not enough. It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women.

The Town of Orangeville will be raising a #WrappedinCourage flag this week in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The flag-raising ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m. in front of Orangeville Town Hall (87 Broadway) and will include a
Town of Orangeville proclamation from Mayor Sandy Brown, as well as remarks by Family Transition Place’s Executive Director, Norah Kennedy and Sylvia Jones, MPP.

Flag-raising ceremonies like this will be held across the province this week as part of the OAITH-led Wrapped in Courage campaign. This awareness-building campaign is run throughout Woman Abuse Prevention Month (November) to mobilize communities to end violence against women.



67% – The percentage of Canadians who know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.²

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Last year, right here in our own community, we supported many women in our programs.
Emergency Shelter: Sexual Abuse Counselling:
55 women & 26 children 129 women & 24 men
Second Stage Housing: Child Witness Program:
5 women & 12 children 16 women & 15 children
Support Within Housing/Outreach: Transitional Support Services:
59 women 303 women & 1 man
Support/Info Line: Addictions & Outreach:
3,479 calls 76 women
Woman Abuse Counselling: Rural Response Program:
283 women 137 women
Housing Allowance Program:
27 woman/families


Wrapped in Courage Campaign

Kelan Smith 10 Guys, 25 TiesHelp us wrap the Dufferin and Caledon communities in purple to collectively show our support for women who have experienced, or who are currently experiencing, violence and abuse. We want to show them that they are not alone.

Please click HERE for more information.

Are you being abused or suspect someone you know is being abused? Need more information or help? Visit us at or call our 24-hour support line at 1-800-265-9178.


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