Three Fires Ezhignowenmindwaa Women’s Shelter
‘Place of Caregiving’
Three Fires Ezhignowenmindwaa Women’s Shelter opened November 1, 1999, funded through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. The facility has accommodations for as many as 16 women and children. Besides temporary emergency shelter for battered women and children, the centre offers crisis intervention counseling, individual counseling, advocacy, children’s services and community education. The shelter will provide support services for native and non-native battered women and children in Southwestern Ontario. Three Fires Ezhignowenmindwaa Women’s Shelter is committed to working toward the elimination of violence against women and children.
WHAT IS FAMILY VIOLENCE?
Abuse that takes place in your home is called Family Violence. This happens when a husband, lover, or family member displays violent or controlling behavior toward you.
WHAT IS ABUSE?
- Threats to your safety
- Pushing, shoving, hitting
- Isolating you from friends, and family members
- Taking or withholding your money
- Destroying your property
- Making you feel afraid
WARNING SIGNS OF AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP
- Controlling what you do, where you go or who you spend time with.
- Hurting you in ways such as hitting, choking, or using objects, or weapons to hurt you.
- Threatening you or making you feel afraid.
- Acting jealous, calling you names, yelling, or making you feel guilty.
- Forcing you to have sex against your will.
- Preventing you from using birth control or practicing safe sex.
- Abusing alcohol and/or drugs (which makes the abuse worse).
- Threatening suicide or continuing to harass you after the relationship ends.
IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP
- You don’t deserve to be beaten or threatened.
- You are not responsible for your partner’s abuse.
- You are not alone – there are many other women like you who are or have been in a similar situation.
- Tell someone you trust. Talk to a friend, relative, neighbor, counselor, or health care provider. Get the support you need from someone who cares about you and will keep what you say confidential.
- Call a crisis line to get support and information about what you can do. You can call without giving your name. Crisis lines can give you information about shelters, support groups, and legal aid. They can also help you with safety planning: who you can call, where you can go, what you will need.
IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING ABUSED
- Let her know that you support and care about her and that she is not responsible for the violence. Tell her that she does not deserve to be abused.
- Listen without judging. Allow her to express herself in a comforting, safe environment.
- Share your concerns for her safety and for the well-being of her children.
- Explain that she is not alone – there are many other women in similar situations. Support her strength and courage to talk about the abuse.
- Inform her about available resources. Encourage her to call a crisis line so she can explore all her options. Empower her to make her own decisions.
- Whether she makes plans to leave or remains in the relationship, help her to consider all of the ways she can increase her safety.
- Education – Programs for service providers and community members.
- Shelter – Temporary, emergency shelter for battered women and their children.
- Crisis Intervention – 24 hour support counseling and safety planning through the use of our crisis line.
- Individual Counseling – Counseling with trained staff and volunteers will be available to our clients at the shelter 24 hours a day.
- Group Counseling – Family violence groups, life skills, parenting groups, traditional healing circles, and talking circles.
- Advocacy – Clients will be provided with medical, legal, social assistance, housing, and/or financial advocacy.
- Children’s Services – Home schooling, play group, and individual counseling.
ALL OUR SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL
How can the community help?
The Ezhignowenmindwaa shelter needs donations from the community to help meet the needs of the women who require assistance.
Telephone: (519) 627-3635
Fax: (519) 627-4840