Aura Freedom International

http://aurafreedom.org/

Aura Freedom works to prevent gender-based violence violence and human trafficking through education, awareness and empowerment.

Together, we stand. Together, we make a difference.

This Giving Tuesday, provide a "MOMMY 'N ME COMFORT KIT" for mothers and children fleeing domestic violence

Do you have people at home who make you feel safe? People who protect you and comfort you after a bad day? People who make your bad days better?

But what happens when they actually make your bad days worse? What if they're violent? What do you do when those closest to you are the ones that hurt you? What if you were confined to a house with that person because of COVID-19?
How would you be safe?

On December 1st, take part in Giving Tuesday and donate to Aura Freedom to help women and children fleeing violence during COVID-19.

With your help, we can encourage mothers experiencing violence and give them the support they need to live a life of health and inclusiveness.

A gift of just $200 can provide a mother and up to two children with a MOMMY 'N ME COMFORT KIT filled with:
  • Hygiene items
  • Warm socks
  • Healthy snacks
  • Self-care items
  • Grocery store gift card
  • Fun toys
  • Children’s books
  • Safety planning session
  • Trauma counseling
  • Empowerment, hope and positivity!

Having access to hygiene items, food, warm socks, and fun stuff for kids can make all the difference to someone fleeing domestic violence. Aura Freedom will also facilitate safety planning that helps women fleeing violence to recognize risks, identify options, determine next steps, and establish long-term safety. Aura Freedom will also facilitate trauma counselling for mothers, providing much needed support and relief when dealing with traumatic events to establish long-term healing.

Bring your friends, family, or coworkers together and team up to purchase a full, half, or part Mommy ‘n Me Comfort Kit!

Sustainability
At Aura Freedom, we want your contributions to have lasting effects. We want the impact of our collective actions to be seen for generations to come.

Our Mommy 'n Me Comfort Kits have two levels of sustainability: long-term and short-term.

The kits will provide comfort and support to those living in situations of domestic violence or fleeing violence and meet their basic needs for the short term - which is incredibly important. They will provide necessary items to live with dignity and comfort. But food gets eaten, soap gets used, and socks get worn.

What about the long term?

According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, people cannot meet their maximum potential if their basic needs are not met. The most basic needs include food, water, warmth, and rest - all provided by the Comfort Kit.

The next level is safety and security. This is where the trauma counseling and safety planning provided by the Comfort Kits come in. This is sustainable because knowledge is the one thing that can never be taken away. By providing even just one trauma counselling session, we are supporting survivors to work through trauma, fears and anxieties, establish coping mechanisms, and improving their mental health, and self-esteem. This saves lives. This is sustainable. This knowledge will last a lifetime.

Safety planning sessions are crucial to survivors living in or fleeing violence and can create a clear blueprint of what to do, where to go, and how to keep themselves and their children safe when leaving a violent situation. This saves lives. This is sustainable. This knowledge will last a lifetime.

Altogether, these aspects create long- and short-term relief to those experiencing violence, support them to stay safe from violence and exploitation in the long-run and create positive environments for their children by meeting two levels of basic needs.


Did you know that:
—Women and girls continue to be in the greatest danger in their home as more than half (55%) are killed in their own home or the home they shared with the accused (CFOJA, 2019: 8).

—Where victim-accused relationships are known, 57% of primary victims shared current or former relationships with the accused – referred to as intimate partner femicide (CFOJA, 2019: 7). Focusing on the primary accused, 87% were male.

—When examining the rate at which women and girls are killed in Canada, it is higher than in other countries including Australia, Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom (UNODC, 2018: 14). 

—A total of 118 women and girls were killed by violence in Canada in 2019. On average, every three days one woman or girl is killed in Canada (CFOJA, 2019: 7).

—Women in rural areas were twice as likely to experience IPV compared to their urban counterparts.

—Where were 99,000+ victims of intimate partner violence aged 15 - 89 in 2018, representing about 30% of all victims of police-reported violent crime. 

These numbers are only exacerbated during COVID-19 as women and children are quarantined with their abusers. Not only that, but marginalized women often lack social supports leading to homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, exploitation, and further violence.

On December 1st, do good stuff and support mothers in your community by putting your Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings to good use.

Be the reason mothers and their children feel comfort this coming holiday season. Donate to support mothers and kids in your community.

Happy Giving!

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