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Programs - Women's Services
FACTS about vaw in durham region
* The Facts About Violence Against Women, The Canadian Women’s Foundation
There are four shelters for women and children in Durham Region; 90 beds serve a population of 608,124 (2011) throughout 2,500 square kilometres. Two shelters (42 beds) are located in Oshawa: The Denise House and Y’s Wish (operated by the YWCA). Bethesda House is located in Bowmanville and Herizon House is located in Ajax.
Canada has a shelter system international experts consider one of the best. The first formal shelters, or transition houses, were established in the 1970s in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Most were started by women’s groups, charitable organizations and religious orders. In the 1980s there was a recognized need for larger facilities that were safe, provided space for children and professionally staffed.
Every six days a woman is killed by her intimate partner in Canada.*
Police arrest 40,000 domestic violence offenders annually (12 per cent of all violent crime in Canada). But only 22 per cent are reported to police, making the real number much higher.*
According to Statistics Canada: Of the women who use Shelters in Canada; 80 per cent of women are fleeing abuse, of them 70 per cent experienced physical violence, 47 per cent flee from the threat of violence, 20 per cent suffered sexual abuse; 64 per cent experienced violence from a spouse or partner, 21 per cent from a former partner or spouse.