You Are Not Alone
The legacies of colonization such as residential schools, the 60s scoop, and socio-economic conditions like poverty, and sexism, racism and discrimination have all played major roles in the breakdown of healthy Indigenous families and communities. This is especially noticeable in the high rates of violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people, as they face life-threatening gender-based violence, and experience more violent crimes than non-Indigenous women. Indigenous women who find themselves in abusive relationships often times lack the means or ability to remove themselves from their situation.
You Are Not Alone: A Toolkit for Aboriginal Women Escaping Domestic Violence, provides Indigenous women with community safety planning resources to address domestic violence. The toolkit provides understanding and knowledge of various topics relating to family violence, background knowledge on the impacts of colonization on Indigenous communities, and community safety plans to help women, girls and gender-diverse people identify their support networks and strategies for leaving an abusive situation.
Every person deserves to feel respected, safe and happy in their day-to-day lives. Many women, girls and gender-diverse people struggle with these same fears and beliefs, and have managed to build healthy, safe and happy lives for themselves and their children by leaving violent relationships. You have the ability to change your environment – you are not alone.