THE WOMEN'S CENTRE
PRIMARY ISSUES WE SEE
- Note: This chart only represents the first core issue the women reported. Most of these women have multiple issues and the majority of them have self-esteem issues as a secondary issue.
- Abuse (37%): This category includes child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, financial abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse. Women experiencing abuse have low self-worth and self-confidence leading to issues in other areas of their life (e.g. parenting, employment, relationships). Abuse has negative long term effects including physical damage (e.g. broken bones, headaches, bruises etc.), psychological Effects (e.g. depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, inability to trust, flashbacks etc.) and social effects (e.g. isolation from others, controlled access to public and services etc.)
- Legal (21%): Navigating the legal system can be a difficult, long drawn out process. Abused women navigating the system often find they are re-victimized by the process. The costs of this process can be devastating to a single mother already living in low income but doesn’t qualify for legal aid assistance.
- Separation & Divorce (16%): This difficult and painful transition requires lots of support and guidance. Leaving an abusive relationship is often the most dangerous time for a woman and her children. These women experience lack of protection and support.
- Self-Esteem (11%): According to Confidence Coalition, every 15 seconds a woman is battered, ¾ of young women with low self-esteem engage in negative activities (e.g. disordered eating, bullying, smoking or drinking, etc.) (Kappa Delta Sorority) Good self-esteem is the foundation for success. The Women’s Centre aims to empower and build self-esteem because it is the strong core for a woman to live to her potential.
- Employment (15%): Many women coming through the Centre and starting a new life come through one of the two employment programs offered at the Centre.