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NFF Youth Blog: Bridging Civic Engagement Gaps with Diverse Youth Voices

October 15, 2021
We live in an uncertain world, and it is easy to feel powerless to act in a society that is composed of complex power dynamics and politics. ...

Awareness and remembrance

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

September 29, 2021
Indigenous women’s groups estimate the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls at 4,000 in the last three decades. 1 ...

Staying safe

Back-to-School & Work: A Refresher on Spotting Warning Signs

September 01, 2021
With Canada’s rising vaccinating rate, employers have started planning or requesting its employees’ return to workplaces in the fall, ...

Young adults

NFF Youth Blog: September

September 01, 2021
September - the month that signifies the end of a long ‘break’. Summer months usually bring vacations, hanging out with friends, and a ...

In the news

Invitation to July 1, 2021

July 01, 2021
Reading through Canadian headlines as we approach July 1 this year, I am glad to see the discussion and action happening around ‘Canada ...

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June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

June 15, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that our survival depends on society putting the good of all above individual needs. The climate crisis pushes us ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

How To Be An Ally for the Indigenous Community

June 08, 2021
In June, Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month. While it is a time to learn about our country’s rich history through the ...

Staying safe

Domestic Abuse Affects Mental Health Long After It’s Over

May 14, 2021
In Ontario, the month of May is recognized as a time to raise awareness about the devastating impact of sexual assault on women and focus on steps ...

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How Teachers Can Look for Signs of Child Abuse, Even Online

April 14, 2021
School has changed drastically this past year, all over the world. Some children are back to school, most with varied restrictions due to ...

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Women Are Vital to COVID-19 Recovery Plans

March 08, 2021
Most of us have never lived through a time like this. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives around the globe, and is arguably the most serious ...

Personal stories

Elderly Vulnerability & Care: It Takes a Village

March 03, 2021
When I was younger, I thought everyone over 75 years old had dementia. All of my grandparents and great aunts and uncles had Alzheimer’s. ...

Personal stories Young adults

Gender, Sexuality & The Importance of Normalization

February 16, 2021
I didn’t grow up with homophobic parents, and my religious community was not homophobic. I constantly reminded myself of this as I cried my ...

Personal stories In the news

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

February 14, 2021
Indigenous women’s groups estimate the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls at 4,000 in the last three decades. ...

Emerging issues

2020: The Year We Failed Women

February 03, 2021
2020 was hard. For many, this is an understatement. Stories, news and studies remind us that worldwide, women and children in particular have ...

Awareness and remembrance

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

December 10, 2020
There’s a now famous-saying: “women’s rights are human rights.” Yet, around the world, women and girls are still denied ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

December 6: Workplace Violence Against Women in Canada Today

December 03, 2020
On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered at Polytechnique Montreal, one of Canada’s most tragic acts of violent misogyny. Every ...

Staying safe

Back to Basics to End Violence Against Women and Girls

November 20, 2020
Violence against women is all around us. It’s engrained in our cultures, often passed down generationally, it’s in the media we ...

Awareness and remembrance

Rethinking Persons Day

October 16, 2020
Persons Day - October 18 - is a day in Canada meant to commemorate the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of ...

Awareness and remembrance

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

October 08, 2020
My name is Tanya Marie Lee. Close to four years ago, I created a book club for Teen Girls 13 to 18 years of age entitled “A Room Of Your ...

Awareness and remembrance

International Day of Older Persons – Oct 1 2020

September 30, 2020
Every day is a milestone in the life journey. Over the years, I have come to recognize that there is a core part of me that is unchanging, that ...

Awareness and remembrance

Take Back the Night – Fifty years of activism

September 21, 2020
September is recognized across Canada as a time to Take Back the Night (TBTN). TBTN events are for those who have been hurt by domestic and sexual ...

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The Other Global Pandemic - The Rise of Violence Against Women

September 02, 2020
In a recent Statistics Canada survey conducted in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, 10% of women and 6% of men reported that they were ...

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The 5 Ways Dads Can Teach Sons AND Daughters About Healthy Relationships

June 17, 2020
There’s a lot of talk about father-daughter relationships. How a father can teach their daughter about love, about what a good partner looks ...

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Staying Mentally Healthy During Coronavirus

May 14, 2020
This season of life is challenging for the average person. For anyone in an abusive situation, it becomes dangerous, with the risk of violence ...

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Misogyny is Everywhere: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

May 08, 2020
May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Canada. Sexual assault, and sexual violence more broadly, is something that’s become increasingly ...

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Domestic Violence as Contagion

May 06, 2020
In Nova Scotia, reporting on the massacre of twenty-two people revealed that the attacks started with the violent assault of the killer’s ...

Staying safe

The Impact of Coronavirus on Victims of Family Violence

March 24, 2020
The recent worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has brought about something that most of us have never seen before: a near complete shut-down of daily ...

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International Women’s Day 2020-03-06

March 06, 2020
Violence Against Women in Canada: It Affects Us All With the lead up to the global day celebration women and women’s rights, news ...

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Why We Need to Talk About Domestic Abuse on Anti-Bullying Pink Shirt Day

February 26, 2020
Pink Shirt Day, otherwise known as Anti-Bullying Day, is a day when people wear a pink shirt to symbolize the unified stand against bullying. ...

Awareness and remembrance

(***TEST***)Best of 2019 at NFF

January 16, 2020
This past year has been full of change. The #MeToo movement has continued gaining momentum, giving courage to many women to come forward, and ...

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How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the Holidays

December 20, 2019
The winter holiday season creates many expectations for a time of joy. Television commercials, stores, online advertisements, all show images of ...

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16 Days of Action: Voices of Change

December 10, 2019
Have you been following along the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign? From November 25 to December 10, individuals and ...

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Tangible Ways to Help Your Local Women’s Shelter

November 15, 2019
Tis the season...to be generous? While philanthropy and volunteering is always much needed in our society, it seems that the time around the ...

Awareness and remembrance Personal stories

#boyswithbraids #BWB

November 13, 2019
I have chosen to write about a deeply personal topic – the bullying experiences of Indigenous boys with braids in mainstream schooling ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues In the news

The Epidemic of Abuse Against Female Politicians

November 04, 2019
Women in politics. While men hold an overwhelming majority of political positions, we’ve seen a shift especially in the past decade. ...

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A better world for girls is a better world for all

October 11, 2019
It was 25 years ago that 30,000 men and women from almost 200 countries gathered in China for the Fourth World Conference on Women. The outcome ...

Personal stories Awareness and remembrance In the news

The Three Most Moving Moments in “Fatal Silence”

September 05, 2019
Maha El Birani, her sisters, and her mother Sonia had long endured family violence at the hands of Maha’s father, despite eventually seeking ...

Personal stories Awareness and remembrance

Morgan’s Story: Abuse doesn’t always look like what we think it will

August 20, 2019
We’re often taught, through media or even school, that domestic violence is all physical. But that’s often not the case. The lack of ...

Emerging issues Staying safe Awareness and remembrance

Workplace Domestic Violence: Supporting Workers with Disabilities

August 12, 2019
In Ontario, Neighbours, Friends & Families (NFF) has been a clear voice for public education on addressing domestic violence since 2005. NFF ...

Personal stories Awareness and remembrance

Mary's Story

July 03, 2019
I left my husband in 2011 because he was physically and mentally abusive. He would hit me if I didn't do what he wanted and call me awful ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Reflections on Indigenous Land Acknowledgements on National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 20, 2019
I am an Indigenous woman (Cree, originally from Petabeck / Fort Albany First Nation, in Treaty 9 territory) who grew up in small town northern ...

Awareness and remembrance

Reflections on Father’s Day: Why I’m Not a Superhero

June 12, 2019
Every year, Father’s Day is a natural opportunity to discuss the role of fathers in the lives of children. Lately, this conversation has ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

World Health Day: Let’s Talk About a Global Issue Often Ignored

April 03, 2019
For many, domestic abuse isn’t on the list of issues they’d think of, but it should be. Physical or sexual abuse is a public health ...

Staying safe Awareness and remembrance

This Valentine’s Day, why not just love yourself?

February 14, 2019
Valentine’s Day. It’s a day synonymous with red roses, chocolate, and love. For many though, the day is not full of happiness. Some ...

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Domestic Violence and Women with Disabilities

January 07, 2019
When approached to write this blog post I was thrilled as I enjoy writing and the topic is one that is near and dear to me. I have the distinction ...

Awareness and remembrance

Reflecting on 16 Days of Activism

December 11, 2018
70 years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United National Genera Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone ...

Awareness and remembrance Staying safe

Canada Still Has Work to Do

November 08, 2018
Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Let that sink in. If you think we have achieved gender ...

Young adults Staying safe Awareness and remembrance

Making Consent Feel Natural

October 16, 2018
What should consent look like? Some argue that consent must be acquired and provided clearly and explicitly prior to any sexual activity, while ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues Staying safe

Peace: It Starts in the Home

September 27, 2018
Peace. It’s something many of us wish for, all over the world. For wars to stop, for bombings to end, for refugees to be able to return to ...

Awareness and remembrance Staying safe

Ending the cycle of domestic violence

August 30, 2018
All too often, we’ve seen that violence against women and children is learned behaviour. Boys who have grown up in abusive homes or who have ...

Young adults Awareness and remembrance Staying safe

How to Help a Friend Who is Being Abused

July 30, 2018
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know when someone is being abused, and many people just don’t know how to help, despite how ...

Staying safe Awareness and remembrance Young adults

How to Talk to Teens about Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence

July 09, 2018
As parents, caregivers or teachers of teens, there are some important steps to take when it comes to talking to teens about healthy relationships ...

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Celebrating Canada and Looking Ahead: How We’re Helping Victims of Domestic Violence

July 05, 2018
We’ve spent a long weekend of get-togethers, fireworks, and celebrating our country with Canada Day festivities. Now is a good time to look ...

Awareness and remembrance Personal stories

Aboriginal History Month

June 20, 2018
When I was first asked to write a blog post in honour of Canada’s National Aboriginal Day on June 21, my first thought was of my recently ...

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Supporting moms in domestic abuse situations

May 14, 2018
Along with the many effects and fears of domestic violence that a woman faces, being a mother adds another level of difficulty, especially when it ...

Awareness and remembrance

How Laughter Can Heal

May 03, 2018
Humour and healing – there’s growing recognition of the powerful connection between a belly laugh and recovery from trauma. Whether ...

Young adults Awareness and remembrance Staying safe In the news

Dating Violence: A Teen Issue

April 23, 2018
Domestic violence is a serious problem, but it’s not just a concern for adults. Young adults, especially teenagers, are often vulnerable to ...

Awareness and remembrance

Healing the Wounds from Violence with Yoga

April 09, 2018
You don’t have to go far to read about the potential health benefits of yoga – both for the body and the mind. However, for women and ...

Staying safe Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Working Toward a Better Transition and Reducing the Risk of Domestic Violence

April 03, 2018
April 4th marks the day for Refugee Rights! This day is an opportunity for people around the world to recognize war as a major violation of human ...

Staying safe Awareness and remembrance

Victim Blaming in the Face of a Domestic Violence Murder

March 26, 2018
A woman and her two children were killed by a former partner. And no, it’s not her fault. Another tragic case of domestic violence in ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

International Women's Day

March 05, 2018
Join us in celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th! We've prepared a fun and informative video all about the amazing and ...

Awareness and remembrance Personal stories Young adults

Inspiring Books for Young Girls about Women in Science

February 12, 2018
In recent years, there’s been a big movement to move away from gender stereotypes when it comes to career choices. We’re seeing more ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance In the news

The Turpin Family: How did we miss the signs of abuse? Hint: We didn’t.

February 02, 2018
We are all shocked and horrified by the case of child abuse that recently emerged in California, but we can be sure that the signs were there. ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

Let’s do better in 2018: here’s how

January 29, 2018
2017 started with women, men, and children around the world marching. While the marches initially began as a protest against the US Presidential ...

Personal stories Staying safe

Rabbit Ears Book Club

January 03, 2018
Maggie’s message of standing up to injustice is one that can be carried over to many avenues in life, and in particular, the issue of ...

Staying safe Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance Young adults

Looking Back & Moving Forward - A Year in Review

December 18, 2017
2017 was a big year for us at Neighbours, Friends and Families. We increased the amount of blog content we’ve been adding, responded to many ...

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Boys Disguised as Men — The time to unmask is now.

December 14, 2017
Men, where did you learn how to treat women? I grew up in a locker room culture. Hormonal young men pretending to know who they were and what it ...

Awareness and remembrance

Reflecting on the 16 Days of Action for 2017

December 11, 2017
From November 25-December 10, we took part in the 16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women remembered all of the women tragically and violently ...

Awareness and remembrance Personal stories In the news

Memoirs of a Domestic Violence Murder Trial

December 05, 2017
On December 6th we remember 14 young women who were killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. We never forget that they were killed ...

Personal stories Awareness and remembrance

National Housing Day Canada 2017- What About Women And Girls?

November 29, 2017
The World Health Organization reports that a third of women worldwide in intimate relationships will experience violence at the hands of their ...

Awareness and remembrance Staying safe

16 Days of Action

November 24, 2017
Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all. You might have even experienced it firsthand yourself. Or maybe you have a friend, a family ...

Staying safe Awareness and remembrance In the news

Stopping the Train – how the Texas killings might have been prevented

November 20, 2017
The media has noted that the Sunday killing spree happened in the context of a “domestic situation” that possibly culminated as ...

Staying safe Emerging issues

Mental Health and Domestic Violence

November 08, 2017
Domestic violence. It can happen to anyone. It doesn’t discriminate. And the effects of an abusive relationship are far-reaching. Leaving an ...

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Why We Need to Talk About Domestic Violence After Mass Shootings

November 07, 2017
What do mass shootings and domestic violence have in common? A lot, actually. As history shows, there’s a very strong link between shootings ...

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Mindfulness: Healing the Wounds from Domestic Violence & Feeling Empowered

October 23, 2017
The benefits of mindfulness are being experienced and spoken of world-wide which is very exciting. More and more people are beginning to ...

Staying safe Awareness and remembrance

Elder Abuse - What is It and How you Can Spot It

October 02, 2017
Abuse can happen to anyone, at any time. Age, gender, race or socio-economic status have no bearing when it comes to abuse. We all have a role to ...

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Virtual Violence is Still Violence

September 19, 2017
Violence against women is, sadly, still highly prevalent. As we’ve talked about before, domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of ...

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Ending Domestic Violence Through Education

September 07, 2017
There’s a strong correlation between domestic violence and education. Equipping women with an understanding of what constitutes domestic ...

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How to Teach Children Consent From an Early Age

August 22, 2017
“Grampa’s leaving now. Would you like to give him a hug or a high five?” we asked as my father-in-law was leaving our home. My ...

Personal stories Awareness and remembrance

NFF Domestic Violence and Women with Disabilities

August 01, 2017
When approached to write this blog post I was thrilled as I enjoy writing and the topic is one that is near and dear to me. I have the distinction ...

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National Friendship Day: How to Support a Friend in an Abusive Relationship

July 19, 2017
Throughout our lives we are blessed with friendships. Some friends pass through our lives, leaving only memories behind. Others stay with us on ...

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Domestic Violence and Homelessness

July 18, 2017
In 2003, Jean Calterone Williams in her text “A Roof Over My Head: Homeless Women and the Shelter Industry” writes: Women’s ...

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Can Athletes Be Role Models for Healthy Relationships?

July 04, 2017
In our society, we look up to athletes and many of us aspire to be like them. Athletes are often seen as role models for youth. Athletes also have ...

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Canada 150 and the Resistance Movement: What Are We Celebrating?

June 26, 2017
As we gear up to celebrate Canada 150, only one week after National Aboriginal Day, we can’t ignore the fact that not everyone is ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

How to Celebrate Multiculturalism Day in Canada

June 23, 2017
Canadian Multiculturalism Day, on June 27th, is a great opportunity to celebrate our diverse country. Canada is a country rich in history, ...

Awareness and remembrance Young adults Personal stories

National Aboriginal Day - The Cultural Significance of Indigenous Art

June 14, 2017
My spirit name is Nimke Giizis, which translates to Thunder Day, while my English name is Mike Cywink. I am an Anishnaabe artist originally from ...

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Starting the Conversation... Domestic Violence in Later Life

June 13, 2017
Domestic violence does not just affect younger people. It affects all cultures, religions, races, sexual orientations and every age, including ...

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Steps to Justice: Empowering people to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems

June 07, 2017
Are you experiencing partner abuse or know someone who is? Are you worried that you are being treated unfairly at work? Are you getting separated ...

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Pregnancy Drastically Increases Domestic Violence Risk

May 25, 2017
Pregnancy should be a time when a woman receives extra care and attention. While some women feel great throughout their pregnancy, others face ...

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Celebrating Mother’s Day

May 10, 2017
Mother’s Day. It’s a day when we celebrate all the moms and women of influence in our lives. This could be a mom of any type: a ...

Awareness and remembrance Young adults

5 Easy and Fun Ways to Celebrate World Laughter Day

May 02, 2017
World Laughter Day falls on May 7th this year. It’s a great day to plan to spend some down time with your family or friends and do nothing ...

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Voices of Survivors: Part 3 Houda's Story

April 27, 2017
Dichotomy has always been a notion that has fascinated me. Two things in front of you that are cast apart as being so different. I lived in a ...

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Voices of Survivors: Part 2 Ahlam's Story

April 19, 2017
"Domestic Violence." Such a simple term. Other words that followed that term for me include "murder," "trial," ...

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Voices of Survivors: Part 1 Maha's Story

April 17, 2017
On a Friday in April 2005, I woke up at 5AM to put final edits on a grade 12 social studies essay that was due that day. I remember the teacher ...

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Eliminating Racism in North America

March 21, 2017
As March 21st comes…like it does every year, I wonder what people are doing on that particular day. This is the day when No Ruz, New Year is ...

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Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth

March 15, 2017
The Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth was a tremendous success, bringing in over 432 participants from across North ...

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The Bystander Effect and Sexual Assault: How to Help or How to Avoid the Bystander Effect and Help Victims

March 14, 2017
We’ve all heard of the bystander effect. It’s when people don’t offer any help to a victim who is in distress, when other ...

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Domestic Abuse: How Teachers Can Help

March 07, 2017
Children spend such a large chunk of their time in school. Because of this, teachers are often in some of the best positions to be able to ...

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International Women's Day: 10 Ways to Honour the Women in Your Life

March 07, 2017
This International Women’s Day, there are so many things you can do to support women, both in your own life as well as around the world. The ...

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Engaging Men in the Fight against Domestic Violence

February 28, 2017
As a student at Changing Ways, I have learned just how vital it is to support men in changing the way they think about and use their power. ...

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