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She Is Your Neighbour is a podcast and public education series focused on increasing awareness and understanding of domestic violence. Our goal is to shift public perception around domestic violence so it’s viewed as a public issue that everyone has a role in ending.

Through the podcast, we aim to build understanding in the following areas:

  • Types of domestic violence – emphasizing it’s more than physical abuse
  • The prevalence of domestic violence
  • Addressing myths about victims and survivors
  • Taking an intersectional approach, highlighting those who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence
  • The role of men – we all have a role to play in ending domestic violence
  • How you can help
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She Is Your Neighbour brought to you by

Women’s Crisis Services

She Is Your Neighbour is storytelling series created by Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. Through the project, we explore the realities and complexities of domestic violence by sharing stories from people of all walks of life.

For too long, domestic violence has been viewed as a personal and private issue, rather than a societal problem. There is often shame and stigma associated with domestic violence which can make it difficult to talk about. For many of us, it’s not something that we want to talk about, think about, or imagine happening – especially not in our own neighbourhoods.

Unfortunately, avoiding it won’t make it go away. The reality is, domestic violence IS happening. It impacts many different people, in many different neighbourhoods.

That is why Women’s Crisis Services created this public education series – to emphasize that she is your neighbour and we all have a role to play in ending domestic violence.

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She Is Your Neighbour was launched in 2019 in the form of a blog series and social media campaign. Since then, the project has evolved. We’ve held information nights, given presentations, and sold books, merchandise, and more. The project was named Best Marketing Campaign at the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Awards in 2019.

In 2020, we launched the She Is Your Neighbour podcast where we take a deep dive into domestic violence, exploring the realities and complexities of it. In 2021, the She Is Your Neighbour project was a finalist at the Leadership Waterloo Fresh Innovator Awards.

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We encourage you to get involved! Read a blog story, tune into the podcast, start conversations, and use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour. We can’t do this without you! We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence.

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what is domestic violence?

There are many forms of domestic violence, all of which include attempts to maintain power and control over the thoughts, beliefs and behaviour of a woman by creating fear and/or dependency. All forms of abuse result in the woman feeling powerless, unequal and unsafe.

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Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse includes but is not limited to:

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Verbal
  • Spiritual

Know the signs

Signs of domestic abuse include but are not limited to:

  • Insults or put downs, name calling
  • Violent outbursts
  • Threats of violence or harm
  • Threats to destroy property or harm pets
  • Forced sexual acts
  • Physical assault
  • Control over finances
  • Unkept promises of change
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Jenna Mayne

She is the Communications and Fund Development Manager at Women’s Crisis Services and the host of the She Is Your Neighbour podcast. She is passionate about empowering women and shifting public perception of domestic violence.

An avid storyteller, for years she was torn between becoming a journalist and working at a non-profit – now she gets to do both! When she isn’t raising awareness and funds, you can find her exploring the outdoors, working on DIY projects, hanging out with her cats, and trying to keep up with the latest TikTok dances.

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15oz mug. White with black inside/handle. Printed on both sides of the mug. Printed with high quality inks that will not fade or scratch. Dishwasher safe & microwave safe. FDA compliant. Lead and cadmium free.

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