The recent motions by Oakville and Halton Councils declaring Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) an epidemic in our community triggered The Foundation to consider whether to invoke the Oakville Resiliency Fund.
When we set up the Resiliency Fund in 2020 to address the pandemic, we set it up with the intention of using it again in the future to address a local emergency or crisis. That time is again upon us as the Board of Directors invoked the Oakville Resiliency Fund to address this crisis at its September Board meeting.
October is domestic violence awareness month. Halton Women’s Place CEO Laurie Hepburn has provided us with a guest blog on the issue of IPV and the background of the motions passed by local governments on the epidemic.
The Oakville Resiliency Fund currently holds $11,500. As such we are reaching out to Fundholders and donors to ask for your help to build additional funds to support the epidemic or ask you to give directly to support organizations on the front lines. In November, GIVEOakville will also include a request to support IPV through the Resiliency Fund.
Following fundraising, in January 2024 all charities with a mandate to support IPV, including Halton Women’s Place, The Women’s Centre of Halton, SAVIS and Thrive Counselling, will be invited to the table to advise the Foundation on how to distribute the funds.
Give to the Oakville Resiliency Fund to help address the IPV epidemic
Please note, we are not a client service provider. If you need support, please see the resources below:
- Halton Women’s Place 24/7 Crisis Intervention and Support
905-332-7892 or 905-878-8555 or www.haltonwomensplace.com/chat
- SAVIS 24/7 Crisis Support
- Halton Regional Police Services Intimate Partner Violence Unit
Halton Women’s Place
Halton Women’s Place is the ONLY women’s shelter in Halton providing emergency safe shelter & community outreach services to women & children experiencing domestic violence & abuse.
The Women’s Centre of Halton
The purpose of The Women’s Centre of Halton is to offer support to women experiencing crisis, distress, or transition in a caring confidential non-judgmental, safe space.
SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services)
SAVIS is a non-profit agency that provides support to survivors of sexual violence in the Halton region, free of cost and free of judgement.
Thrive Counselling offers exceptional counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, youth and families for issues concerning emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being.