Empowering Resilience

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017, runs from May 28th to June 3rd. The theme this year is “Empowering Resilience.” Every year this week is promoted to raise awareness of the issues faced by victims, survivors, and their families. The week also recognizes the work of service providers and front line staff who assist and support those impacted by crime. For more information about the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, please visit victimsweek.gc.ca.

May 30th is the third day of this year’s Victims Week. Today the Violence Prevention Programs at MOSAIC will focus on the impact of violence on women and girls.


  • Sexual abuse of girls can have short- and long-term negative effects on mental health
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse may be at risk of depression, PTSD, and panic disorder

To read more about the health impacts of violent victimization of women and children, read this factsheet and visit the Victims Week website to learn more from the Voices of Service Providers and Advocates who support victims.

Each woman’s exposure to violence can impact her differently depending on her lived experiences. As such, every woman has developed a number of skills and abilities unique to her that enables her to endure and persevere despite whatever has happened to her. With enough support, women can become more empowered and strengthen the resilience they already have.

If you or someone you know is dealing with gender-based violence or trauma in their lives, contact MOSAIC’s Stopping the Violence Counselling and Multicultural Outreach Services for support. STV Counselling and Multicultural Outreach are free services that include individual and group counselling as well as advocacy and outreach. To access the STV Counselling and Multicultural Outreach, contact MOSAIC’s main office at 604-254-9626.