The Transformative Power of Women’s Words
September 29 2020
St. John’s, NL – The St. John’s Status of Women Council (SJSWC) is thrilled to announce the launch of our Dear Survivor campaign inspired by the connections that real women make when they talk to each other about intimate partner abuse.
Empowering Ourselves: Exploring Intimate Partner Abuse is an eight-week Women’s Centre support group that explores the complexities of intimate partner abuse and its impact on families and community. Participants in the program wrote a series of letters addressed to other women who may benefit from an experienced perspective. The SJSWC has brought their powerful words to life in a series of posters that highlight the lived experience of women who have been in abusive relationships and the wisdom they invoke when they give rise to their own voice.
“Too frequently we hear from ‘the experts’ when, the truth is, women are the experts of their own experiences and they often have the best advice,” said Laura Winters, Executive Director, St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre. “Our hope is that the posters resonate with women as they go about their daily lives at school, a doctor’s office, the grocery store, or a bar, and that those who need support reach out.”
The posters will be displayed all over St. John’s in hopes of reaching women who may need support and to encourage learning and solidarity. The posters have a tear-off at the bottom with the new provincial domestic violence helpline and a website that highlights supports and services in our communities.
To Access help or support:
Provincial domestic violence helpline: 1-888-709-7090
Supports and services website: https://sjwomenscentre.ca/dvsupport/
Media Contact :
Laura Winters | Executive Director
St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre
170 Cashin Ave. Extension, St. John’s, NL A1E 3B6
P: 709.765.4434 F:709.753.3817