“How do you extract yourself from people who are putting the fear of God in you? It’s not easy,”
It’s been ten years since Montrealer Tamara Shaikh died at the hands of her football-player husband Tommy Kane. But when it comes to preventing domestic violence, the death of Sherri Thomas, killed by her 23-year-old boyfriend last week, doesn’t inspire much hope that progress is being made.
“I can’t say there’s been a lot of change if 19 year olds are getting killed,” said June Mitchell, co-founder and director of Women Aware, an organization that provides long-term support to victims of domestic violence.
The dialogue around domestic violence shouldn’t stop and start again only when another life is lost, said Mitchell. Raising awareness and talking about domestic abuse, especially among the younger generation who don’t always recognize what constitutes abusive behaviour, must be a consistent and persistent effort, she said.
Though it’s being discussed more openly, domestic violence is largely still seen as a private problem between family members instead of a social ill. Stereotypes of typical victims – the uneducated, the poor, and people of certain cultures – must be abolished, Mitchell said.
Physical and mental abuse: “By the Grace of GOD I am still standing…”
By Michelle Sweeney
I am always stunned by the behavior when it comes to "matters of the heart." Look around, violence is everywhere.
I can speak first-hand about abuse, physical and mental because by the grace of GOD I am still standing.
False pride, and a battered ego kept me in a relationship that was going nowhere fast .I remember vividly one night, how I was beaten
so badly the night before doing a television show with Ginette Reno.
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Anyone listening to the news recently has heard about Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the Philippines, leaving a trail of disaster and devastation in its wake.
Doctors Without Borders is one organization that has sent teams to some of the hardest-hit areas of the central Philippines, treating patients on the ground in locations made difficult to reach because of the logistical impediments caused by the natural disaster.
Coco, Jewelle, Kim and Claire in 17 Days ‘Till Christmas Concert Fundraiseron Dec 8
Four of Montreal’s top talents will bring Christmas joy to Montrealers in a showcase of talents in support of Union United Church.
7 Days ‘Till Christmas will feature Kim Richardson, Jewelle McKenzie, Coco Thompson, and Claire Jean Charles are among a line up of local stars who will be on stage for a fundraising concert that’s bookmarked to be a signature holiday event.
In this lineup of star performers, Montreal can look forward to enjoying the compelling talent of Kim Richardson, just out of a major production of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Segal Theatre.
The Toronto born Montrealer has carved a magnificent career since she took to the stage in earnest at the age of 14. She has three JUNO awards under her belt and in addition to performing for Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, former prime minister, Jean Chretien, and former governor general, Michaelle Jean has extensively around the world. .
Advancing the natural hair movement in Montreal
By Maya Johnson
"I cannot express how much joy is in my heart to see all of your faces."
Those were the words of sincere gratitude spoken by Abisara Machold Friday, November 22 as she began a thank you speech to the large and enthusiastic crowd packed into her newly-expanded natural hair care salon, Inhairitance.
It is literally just steps away from the former space on Notre Dame Street where Machold and her devoted team of natural hair care gurus first tapped into a developing malaise amongst an increasing number of Black women and helped advance the natural hair movement in Montreal.