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Aboriginal Women and Family Violence
Research shows violence is higher among Aboriginal women than non-Aboriginal women. According to the Statistics Canada Juristat Article, Violent Victimization of Aboriginal Women in the Canadian Provinces (2009), Aboriginal women are almost three times more likely to have been a victim of a violent crime, and are significantly more likely to report the most severe and potentially life-threatening forms of violence.
If you are a victim of family violence, it’s NOT YOUR FAULT. You:
- do not deserve to be abused
- have the right to live without fear
- have the right to control your own life and make your own decisions
What resources and services are available for Aboriginal women?
Aboriginal women and their children can contact any of the family violence resources in Manitoba.
While all services address cultural needs, some family violence services in Manitoba are designed especially for Aboriginal people, including:
– This shelter offers a safe place women and children can go in an emergency. The shelter also provides ongoing support for those affected by family violence. In Winnipeg, call 204-987-2780.
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Inc.
– This service offers culturally sensitive counselling and advocacy services for women, men and children affected by family violence. In Winnipeg, call 204-925-0300.
– This service works with young people affected by family violence, using traditional Aboriginal healing methods. In Winnipeg, call 204-925-4610.
There are also several First Nations shelters that serve rural communities:
Mamawehetowin Crisis Centre Pukatawagan, MB
1-866-432-1041 (toll free)
First Nation Healing Centre
Koostatak, MB (Fisher River Cree Nation)
1-800-692-6270 (toll free)
Jean Folster Place
Wechin Waskigan Crisis Centre(Shamattawa)
Without help, abusive relationships only get WORSE.
Help is available
Contact one of the resources (see link below) for more information and find out how to create your own protection plan. If you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who may be, call 1-877-977-0007.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911