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Highlighting the transformative power of women's words

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The St. John’s Women’s Council is committed to supporting women who experience domestic violence. We value acceptance and non-judgment, and work to support and empower each woman as she navigates her own unique circumstances. We believe there is power and solidarity when we connect with other women and allies.

Call or email us for more information about our services: Phone: (709) 753-0220 | Email: reception@sjwomenscentre.ca

If you are experiencing domestic violence, you are concerned about someone else experiencing it, or if you need
support, call the Newfoundland and Labrador province-wide domestic violence helpline at 1-888-709-7090.

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Here at the Women’s Centre, we offer both individual and group services for women experiencing abuse:

    • Right Here, Right Now: woman centered drop-in or call-in counselling (Tuesdays 12:00 – 8:30 PM, Wednesdays 12:00 – 5:00 PM)
    • Clothing boutique and personal care pantry: by appointment only
    • Empowered Together: a drop-in peer support group for any woman impacted by intimate partner abuse (Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
    • Empowering Ourselves: an 8-week closed group exploring intimate partner abuse
    • Helping Mothers Thrive: an 8-week closed group supporting women whose parenting has been impacted by domestic violence

For more information on the Women’s Centre programs and supports,
contact our domestic violence counsellor at lisa@sjwomenscentre.ca

For support or services in St. John’s and the Avalon East region, visit Violence Prevention Avalon East.

For province-wide supports in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit the Violence Prevention Initiative website.

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Learn more about our campaign, “Dear Survivor…” highlighting the transformative power of women’s words, in the press release below:

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.


 

Campaign posters and images designed by Luisa Bojacá