She Is Your Neighbour
Experiencing Violence Amidst the Rwandan Genocide with Alpha Nkuranga

Experiencing Violence Amidst the Rwandan Genocide with Alpha Nkuranga

June 21, 2022

Alpha Nkuranga is a Residential Support Worker at Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. In this episode, Alpha talks about experiencing with domestic violence as a child and the violence she endured while living in a Tanzanian refugee camp during the Rwandan genocide. We talk about the journey to her new life in Canada, her upcoming book, and the different support services that Women’s Crisis Services provides to women.

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Staying in Shelter as a Teen Mom Sarah Tieleman

Staying in Shelter as a Teen Mom Sarah Tieleman

June 14, 2022

Sarah Tieleman is an entrepreneur and a member of Women’s Crisis Services’ Board of Directors. In this episode, Sarah opens up about her journey as a teen mom experiencing domestic violence. She explains how she stayed at Anselma House in Kitchener and how her journey came full circle 20 years later, when she became a board member of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. 

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Escaping the Abusive Life of a Child Bride with Samra Zafar

Escaping the Abusive Life of a Child Bride with Samra Zafar

June 7, 2022

Samra Zafar is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and mental health advocate. In 2019, Samra released her book “A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose”.  In this episode, Samra shares her experience with domestic violence. She talks about the importance of having cultural support from your community and explains why she chose to write her book, A Good Wife.  

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Using Music to Heal from Trauma and Abuse with Carlos Morgan

Using Music to Heal from Trauma and Abuse with Carlos Morgan

May 31, 2022

Carlos Morgan is a Canadian Rhythm and Blues singer. He won a juno award in 1997 for his R&B - Soul album called “Feeling Alright”. In this episode, Carlos talks about experiencing domestic violence as a child and the impact this had on his life and future relationships. He also explains about how his music has been an outlet for him to heal from trauma.  

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A Story of Mental Health and Coercive Control with Cheryl Haskett

A Story of Mental Health and Coercive Control with Cheryl Haskett

May 24, 2022

Cheryl Haskett is an entrepreneur, who runs her goat milk ice cream company, Udderly Ridiculous, from her family’s farm in Bright, Ontario. In this episode, Cheryl talks about her previous abusive marriage and how this led her to stay in a women’s shelter in Barrie, Ontario with her two young children. We talk about the services that she was able to access while in shelter and how she uses her business, Udderly Ridiculous, to give back to organizations that support women.   

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Sharing a Secret History of Trauma with Anna Maria Tremonti

Sharing a Secret History of Trauma with Anna Maria Tremonti

May 16, 2022

Anna Maria Tremonti is a Canadian journalist who is well known for her hard-hitting work with CBC. In the winter of 2022, Anna Maria opened up about her experience with domestic violence, a secret she had been keeping for 40 years. In this episode, Anna Maria shares her experience dealing with the long tail of domestic violence. She talks about the shame that survivors feel and explains why she chose to share her story on her podcast, Welcome to Paradise

 

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Taking Action along the Highway of Tears with The Moose Hide Campaign

Taking Action along the Highway of Tears with The Moose Hide Campaign

September 15, 2021

In 2011, Raven Lacerte went on a hunting trip with her father near the infamous Highway of Tears, a section of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert, BC, where many Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered. Little did they know this trip would mark the beginning of the Moose Hide Campaign – a grassroots movement focused on ending violence against Indigenous women and children. In this episode, Raven Lacerte and David Stevenson explain what the Moose Hide Campaign is all about and how it has evolved over the years.

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The Connection between Addiction and Domestic Violence with Michael Parkinson

The Connection between Addiction and Domestic Violence with Michael Parkinson

September 8, 2021
Michael Parkinson, who works for the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, is an expert on addiction and substance use. In this episode, Michael talks about the connection between addiction and domestic violence, how drugs can be a coping mechanism for survivors, and what we can do to support women in these situations.
 

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Unpacking Incarceration and Abuse with Jessica Hutchison

Unpacking Incarceration and Abuse with Jessica Hutchison

September 1, 2021

The vast majority of women in prison are survivors of sexual abuse and interpersonal violence. In this episode, we hear from PH.D. candidate, Jessica Hutchison, whose research focuses on the use of strip-searching in women’s prisons. Jessica discusses some of the reasons why survivors of domestic violence go to prison and how their prison experience can cause them to re-live their trauma. 

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A Conversation on Providing Support with Brittlestar

A Conversation on Providing Support with Brittlestar

August 25, 2021

Stewart Reynolds has made a name for himself online as Brittlestar, the internet’s favourite dad. In 2020, he started the Christmas Wish Tree to provide gifts to women and children living in shelters and second stage housing. In this episode, he talks about this initiative and shares how small gestures can make a big difference to those experiencing domestic violence.

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