When Home Isn’t A Nice Place To Be.

Warning: This information may be triggering for some readers who have experienced any type of abuse. Please be advised at your discretion.

All across the province and world, we are grappling with the coronavirus and the struggle to contain it. Schools and universities, including Ryerson University’s campus, have shut down all over the country. Social distancing is pressured and highly encouraged during this quarantine period. We are learning new terms like social distancing and flattening the curve. We are being urged, by different levels of leaders,  to do our civic duty and help slow the spread of the virus by limiting our social interactions. This is the way we can help our health system respond to the virus and help stop the spread of the disease to the most vulnerable.

The overwhelming message is to stay home. But what if your home is not a safe space to be in? 

Approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men are victims of domestic abuse.  Many of us assume that being at home with family for this period is the safest thing to be. Although this may be true for some, nothing could be further from the truth for others. Unfortunately, all types of abuse, physical, sexual, emotional, financial and spiritual, exist in some homes across the world.

The bottom line is you probably know someone in your community who is terrified not just of the virus, but at how much isolated time they will spend with their abuser(s).

Tackling such a complex and frightening public health problem is daunting. Fortunately, the Ryerson community is working with victims of abuse to help them stay safe during this time of increased social isolation and increased contact with their abuser(s), by referring them to proper sources with dedicated specialists. Here are some important links:

  • National Domestic Abuse Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/
    • Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
  • Youth Line for LGBTQ2S+ support (online counseling, housing support, etc.)
    • Call 1-800-268-9688 or text 647-694- 4275
  • Shelter Movers in Toronto: www.sheltermovers.com
    • There is a contact form on their website here.
  • City of Toronto Streets to Homes Program:
    • Call 311 to connect with an outreach worker.
  • Ryerson University Student Resources found online here.
If you know of anyone experiencing any type of abuse, please consider these sources and contact police officials.
Take care of yourselves and your community.
By: Nour Abu-Shabaan
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