It is a sad fact that not all relationships have a fairy tale ending, too often the true character of some people will only reveal itself under stress and this is sometimes expressed as abuse to the nearest person.
This can be either partner who loses control but, all too often, the female partner will find herself as the target for both mental and physical abuse.
Sometimes the abuse is repeated until it becomes a constant pattern and the only safe way to survive is to leave the home. This can be a very hard thing to do, especially when children are part of the equation. Finding a safe place to live is difficult if a supportive family is not nearby.
In the Oliver/Osoyoos area we have a “safe house”: for such situations, a sanctuary where women and their children can be protected until a permanent home can be found.
The house is operated by Desert Sun Counselling, who also offer different programs to help deal with abusive situations.
The members of the Order of the Eastern Star will be holding a hot dog sale on
Friday, August 31st at 10:30 am-1:30 pm,
outside Buy-Low Foods. Hot dogs, burgers and fried onions, by donation, profits to be given to the safe house program.
Please come and assist us to show we care for the people of our community who are living in fear. It is the neighbourly thing to do and a fun way to do it. Hope to see you on Friday.
by Pat Whalley