No Break In Cases Of Intimate Partner Violence During COVID

For immediate release

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

NORTH BAY – We have all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The economy has been impacted, businesses have been hit hard, jobs have been lost and for some, the pandemic has meant a hardship they were ill prepared for. During times like these it is not unusual for stress and anxiety to lead incidents of intimate partner violence to increase.

We are all very grateful to the front line workers who, day in and day out, remained on the job providing essential services. So many people, throughout COVID, continued to go to work so we could eat, receive medical services, have transit service, receive delivered packages and so many more.

“When it comes to front line workers, those working to assist victims of intimate partner violence have remained committed to providing services throughout the pandemic” said Kathleen Jodouin; Executive Director, Victim Services of Nipissing District. “Our workers showed extraordinary courage and dedication in the face of COVID induced challenges.”

Those working on the front lines of Intimate Partner Violence deal with stressful conditions at the best of times managing difficult and heartbreaking situations.

“Intimate partner violence did not stop because of the pandemic and neither have we” said Jodouin.

Case managers, shelter works, victim services, counsellors, housing and homeless workers, child protection workers, mental health and all the emergency workers put themselves at risk to come to the aid of others in need.

“The work done by those in this field often goes unseen” add Jodouin. “This is difficult but necessary work so kudos to all those who have continued to work to put a stop to Intimate partner violence, especially during COVID.”

Shelters, victim services, counselling, and a host of other services remained open and available throughout the pandemic but we have a responsibility when it comes to dealing with intimate partner violence.

“We all need to speak up to end the cycle of abuse” said Jodouin.

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Chair of Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee (VAWCC)

For Additional Information Contact:
Kathleen Jodouin; Executive Director
Victim Services of Nipissing District
Phone: 705.472.2649
email: [email protected]
endthecycleofabuse.com

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AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area (705) 497-3560
Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre (705) 476-3355
Assaulted Women's Helpline 1-866-863-0511
Children's Aid Society Nipissing & Parry Sound (705) 472-0910
Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing (705) 472-6515
Crisis Centre–Four Elms Emergency Shelter (705) 474-1031
District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board 705-474-2151
Good2Talk 1-866-925-5454
Horizon’s Women Centre (Sturgeon Falls) (705) 753-1154
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
LGBT Youthline 1-800-268-9688
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Mattawa Women's Resource Centre (705) 744-5567
Nipissing Transition House North Bay (705) 476-2429
Nipissing University Student Development and Services (705) 474-3450
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North Bay Court House – Crown’s Office (705) 495-8313
North Bay Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic 705-667-0035
North Bay Regional Health Centre Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Program (705) 705-474-8600
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North Bay Jail 705-472-8115
North Bay Probation and Parole (705) 495-3850
Ojibway Women's Lodge (OWL) (705) 472-3321
Ontario Disability Support Program 705-474-3540
Talk4Healing 1-855-554-4325
True Self 705-474-4058
Victim Services of Nipissing District (705) 472-2649
Victim/Witness Assistance Program (705) 495-8339
Vossos Luoma & Associates (705) 495-2662