Message From The Executive Director
Woman abuse, domestic violence, relationship abuse…no matter what you call it, no one wants to think that it’s going on in our community. It is.
Durham Regional Police Services respond to on average, 14 “domestic”calls per day. (DRPS 2010 statistic) That’s an average of about 1 call every 2 hours. At the Durham Children’s Aid Society, domestic violence in the household is the second highest reason (after child abuse) for opening investigations. (DCAS 2010 statistic) In the seven years, July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2010, 567 women and 411 children stayed in the Bethesda House shelter and over 1,858 additional women received Outreach support in the community to deal with or leave abuse. In that same seven years Shelter staff responded to approximately 9,581 calls to the 24 hour support line.
Since its inception in 1992 Bethesda House is proud to have evolved from simply a shelter for abused women and their children to a well-known and respected agency providing a comprehensive system of professional supports that are an integral part of our community’s continuum of services to victims of domestic abuse.
We believe that domestic violence is not just a woman’s issue but rather is a community issue. We believe that men are women’s partners in dealing with and eradicating the problem. And we believe that children deserve to grow up experiencing and understanding healthy, respectful personal relationships.
In addition we believe that the majority of people in Durham agree with us. We could not do what we do without their support. Thank you to everyone who has given us a hand over the years.