Creating a Safe Space: Avana’s Commitment to Protecting Women and Children in Saskatchewan

At Avana, we believe that everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home. For many individuals, this safety extends beyond the physical attributes of a building; it encompasses the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are shielded from harm, especially in the face of intimate partner violence (IPV). In the province of Saskatchewan, addressing IPV is a critical concern, and we are committed to playing our part in creating a safe haven for women and children.

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Saskatchewan

Like many regions, Saskatchewan has grappled with the ongoing issue of intimate partner violence. It is a problem that affects people from all walks of life, regardless of age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. While we wish to see these numbers reduced to zero, it is essential to recognize some of the realities:

High Incidence Rates: Saskatchewan has historically reported rates of IPV above the national average, making it a significant concern in the province. In 2019, Saskatchewan reported a rate of 724 victims of Intimate Partner Violence per 100,000 population aged 15 to 89 years, marking a concerning prevalence of such incidents within the province. This statistic shows that Saskatchewan has the highest IPV rate out of all the Canadian provinces.

Impact on Women and Children: Women and children are often the most vulnerable in cases of IPV. The effects can be long-lasting and profound, affecting physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. Avana dedicates its energy and resources to enriching the communities we serve through extensive charitable giving and affordable housing development. Avana is passionate about creating attainable, safe, quality housing that empowers women and children escaping IPV. Read more about Avana and SOFIA House’s commitment to providing long-term supportive housing for survivors of violence.

Underreporting: IPV remains vastly underreported, with many victims suffering in silence due to fear, stigma, and a lack of resources.

Did You Know?

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month

November marks the observance of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, a crucial time dedicated to raising awareness and igniting change to prevent violence against women. The purple scarf emerges as a symbol to rally around during November, representing the immense courage required for a woman to leave an abusive situation. This symbol also underscores a profound message that a woman’s monumental courage is not sufficient alone. The community’s collective strength, understanding, and action are crucial in eradicating violence against women, embodying a united stand for safety, respect, and equality.

Resources to Help Escape from IPV

Have you ever wondered how Avana helps residents find resources? Through contributions and donations, we actively support our communities. We’re not just a business; we’re committed to making a difference.

Avana works with local organizations like YWCA ReginaSOFIA House, and YWCA Edmonton to create a meaningful impact. These partnerships are the key to Avana’s mission of connecting residents with vital resources and strengthening our communities.

In Edmonton, the YWCA provides psychological services for women who’ve experienced IPV. Their expert team of trauma-informed psychologists offers free, quality support. No one is turned away, regardless of their ability to pay. Contact them at 780.970.6501 for inquiries.

In Regina, the YWCA strongly advocates for women and survivors of gender-based and family violence. They offer a haven, the Isabel Johnson Shelter, for those experiencing IPV. Their services are confidential and free. You can arrange a stay or seek support at 306.525.2141.

At SOFIA House, they firmly believe in women’s rights to safety, security, and personal choices. Their unwavering commitment is to create a respectful and empowering environment for women and children. Explore their resources and helplines on their website (sofiahouse.ca) for additional support.

Our goal is to create a community where we can help women and children escape from IPV. At Avana, we have done just that. We started the Avana Foundation as the powerhouse of our commitment to decreasing IPV in our communities. As a proud supporter of organizations like YWCA and SOFIA House in Regina and YWCA Edmonton, Avana values these partnerships, which have now become friendships. We are dedicated to supporting women and children escaping IPV through advocacy, financial support, and resources provided by the Avana Foundation. 

At Avana, we recognize the importance of providing a safe space for women and children escaping from IPV. Your safety is our top priority, and that’s why we’ve developed some tips to help you create a secure environment within your rental.

Avana's Home Security Tips

  1. Ensure there is a peephole or view to see who is outside your front door.

  2. Motion-activated and adequate lights near entrances can deter intruders. 

  3. Get to know your neighbours! Establishing a good rapport with your neighbours is key. 

  4. Ensure that all locks on doors and windows are functioning properly. Request the landlord to fix any broken locks before moving in.

  5. Avoid posting on social media or telling many people if you’re going to be away from your rental, as it might attract unwanted attention.

  6. If you notice anything suspicious around your property, report it to the local authorities.

 

Here are some of Avana’s helpful home security tips:

 

In conclusion, your safety and well-being are paramount to us at Avana. We want you to find solace within the walls of your Avana home, knowing that you have a supportive community and a secure environment to help you rebuild and thrive. Below, you can find an infographic on how Safe Housing Breaks the Cycle of Intimate Partner Violence.

If you ever feel unsafe or need assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to listen, help, and ensure your journey is filled with hope, healing, and empowerment. Contact us today at 306.205.5404

Remember, at Avana, your safety is our top priority. Together, we can create a safer, brighter future for everyone.

 

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