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Purple scarf campaign supports Woman Abuse Prevention Month

GUELPH - Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis in partnership with the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) is calling on all Ontarians to purchase a purple scarf from their local women’s shelter during Woman Abuse Prevention Month for the fifth annual Wrapped in Courage Campaign.

Through Wrapped in Courage, women’s shelters and community organizations across the province are engaging with their communities to address the overlooked issue of  woman abuse in Ontario. Throughout November, they are inviting everyone in Ontario to show their support by wearing a purple scarf to let women and their children know they are not alone.

“The courage of a woman alone is not enough. It takes the commitment and support of an entire community to end violence against all women,” states a Nov. 2 press release from Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis.

The organization points out Ministry of Community and Social services 2015-16 data indicates services provided to women and children in Ontario included:

- approximately 10,900 women and 6,700 children served through violence against women shelters;

- 51,700 crisis calls were received on crisis lines for women; and

- 40,500 women and 3,900 children received counselling.

“We need to work together to eliminate all forms of violence for all women and children in Ontario,” the release states.

To learn more about the Wrapped in Courage campaign and how to support women and children in the community visit: or follow the campaign through Twitter and Facebook.


November 10, 2017


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