General News · 24th February 2015
Family Support Coord. Desta
Cortes Island Safe Home & Counselling for Women
Temporary private shelter is available for women and children on Cortes Island that are fleeing abuse.
24 hour crisis line
If you do not need shelter but you have experienced abuse
and/or are experiencing abuse and need someone to talk to
there is supportive free counselling available.
Please contact the Safe Home Coordinator at 250-287-7384
AM I BEING ABUSED?
Abuse is using force or threats of force to control someone. Some forms of abuse are more difficult to recognize than others.
Behaviour which attacks a person’s self-esteem. It may include constant criticism, threats to harm you, the children, family, friends, your possessions, your reputation, or even pets. Threats of suicide are abusive, as is isolating you from family and friends.
May include beating, burns, bites, shoving, slapping, kicking, or use of weapons. Being deprived of basic necessities such as food, shelter, medical care, or sleep is also abusive.
Being forced or manipulated into unwanted touching, sex, or distasteful or painful sex acts is abusive. As are excessive jealousy, name calling, and put downs with a sexual connotation.
Economic and spiritual abuse are a couple of the many other forms of abuse.
HOW DOES ABUSE AFFECT ME?
Abuse affects many aspects of your life. As a victim of abuse you may feel:
Fear, Betrayed, Worthless, Angry, At Fault, Isolated, Hopeless, Depressed, Numb, Shame
ARE MY CHILDREN AFFECTED BY ABUSE?
Children are affected by abuse in the home whether they are witness to the abuse or not. Children can feel the atmosphere of tension and fear in their home.
Abuse Hurts Everyone!
One-on-One Counselling Offers
•Confidentiality, respect, acceptance, and understanding
•Information, support, counselling and referrals
•Support for women dealing with recovery from addiction
If you are interested in one-on-one counseling on Cortes Island, please call 250-287-7384
The CR & NI Transition Society is looking for additional private safe homes to volunteer to shelter women and children fleeing abuse on Cortes. If you are interested please contact the CR & NI Transition Society at 250-287-7384