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Walk a Mile in Their Shoes – Your Impact

Your Impact

By registering and raising funds for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, you’ll directly power life-changing and life-saving programs for women, girls and gender-diverse people

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Women and their children of will receive safe, supportive shelter and transitional housing when escaping intimate partner violence and will access safety planning and the individualized supports they need to help recover from trauma as a result of violence

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Women fleeing violence will access a 12-week program to support them in rebuilding their lives, reaching their personal, family and financial goals and will receive supports in securing long-term safe and affordable housing

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Newcomer, immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence before or after moving to Canada will receive community resources, referrals, counseling and workshops to support safe integration and settlement

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Two Spirit LGBTQIA+ youth will experience reduced suicidality, isolation and access to critical services and supports through speqtrum programming and services

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Two Spirit LGBTQIA+ newcomers will access safe and dedicated spaces to build connections, develop relationships and interact with their peers and community in a supportive environment

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Additional services accessed by survivors range from YWCA Hamilton’s health and wellness programs, employment and training services, children’s services, and volunteer opportunities

A client-centered approach is at the heart of everything we do. This means that customized plans are developed to meet survivors where they’re at and these plans can include everything from goal planning, skill building, employment and life skills support, to supportive counselling and crisis intervention.

Learn about the many ways to show your support of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and get involved today!

In 2018, Hamilton recorded the highest reports of hate crimes in the country - almost triple that reported in Toronto, the biggest city in Canada
Women with disabilities and Two-Spirit LGBTQIA+ people experience increase risk of violence
Newcomers traumatized by war or oppressive governments are much less likely to report physical or sexual violence to authorities, for fear of further victimization and deportation
67% of survivors who experienced family violence are women and girls
Women are five times more likely than men to experience sexual assault
Approximately six in ten Indigenous women have experienced some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetimes
Rates of intimate partner violence experienced by rural women are five times higher than for rural men and 75% higher than urban women
Last year, 173 women and girls were violently killed in Canada. When the accused was identified, 89% were male
Three in five transgender women experienced intimate partner violence since the age of 16
79% of survivors reporting intimate partner violence are women
Transgender people are more likely to have experienced violence since age 15, and more likely to experience inappropriate behaviours in public, online, and at work than cisgender people
Immigrant women may be more vulnerable to domestic violence due to economic dependence, language barriers, and a lack of knowledge about community resources
Colonial systems and laws are a significant root cause of gender-based violence in Canada, particularly against First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Women
Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada, and 16 times more likely than white women
Over two-thirds of women experience cyber violence which includes online threats, harassment and stalking

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