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Finance committee  Violence against women affects everybody, not only women. Violence against women is a matter of societal concern, and I think we have to collaborate with one another to make sure this is not repeated and that we can ameliorate situations and we can reduce the potential of violenc

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Whatever I've said is based on the experience we have had when women have come to us at the shelter or at the centres. A lot of women do have jobs, but if a woman doesn't have a job and has been accustomed to being financially dependent, the first thing we do is to get her onto w

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  As I've said, the underlying issues that were there prior to COVID are still there. One of these pressing issues is social housing. In Quebec now they have established what we call alternative housing, which includes some rooms in hotels. However, a key problem with having the r

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  As I said in my presentation, the funding for the social housing and for the services is lacking. It has come now within a pandemic, so we're scrambling to make things happen. What we really need though, also, is more funding for the victims themselves. The situation of being in

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  According to Canadian statistics, only 30% of the cases of conjugal violence are declared. The underlying majority of 70% of the cases never are, and this is for many reasons: the shame, the secrecy, the silence and the fear that still surrounds this topic, even today in the 21st

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  I have to say—and I just referred to my colleague, Ms. Walker—this is the confusion that exists currently at the governmental level. We have a network of services that include two centres and a shelter. Our shelter got the emergency funding. Our centres did not. This is, I would

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Yes. Thank you.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  I'll be alternating between the French and English, but I think for the purposes of this presentation, I will keep it in English. This is fine.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Okay. To make it simple, I've gone to the English.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  I'm very happy to have the presence of my colleague from London, regarding the issues of conjugal violence and the ways in which COVID has affected women. The Shield of Athena was established in 1991. We have a network of services that include two day centres and an emergency sh

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Thank you. Good afternoon, members of the Standing Committee on Finance and other guests. My name is Melpa Kamateros. Thank you for this opportunity. I'm very honoured to be able to share some thoughts on the needs of women victims of conjugal violence during this COVID-19 pan

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Status of Women committee  We're very lucky in that we began with the external services. Not all women want to go to shelters. It took us 13 years to make our shelter, but during that time, we always had the external. A lot of women would rather go to an external service than uproot themselves and go to a

October 31st, 2018Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

October 31st, 2018Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Status of Women committee  The option of choice is not there. Most of the time when we hear or when we read about, or when we put on the television, we find out about the issue of conjugal violence because we have the door of entry which is language, either French or English. Imagine when you live a situ

October 31st, 2018Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Status of Women committee  At the Shield of Athena, we've always worked with the communities as well as the victims. We've found that when we work with the communities, we take a more inclusive approach and we educate more people on what violence against women is, particularly conjugal violence, what the c

October 31st, 2018Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros