Why is it urgent to support women’s shelters and prevent domestic violence?
On any given day in Canada, more than 3,600 women, along with their 2,300 children,
are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. At the same time, 300 women are turned away because the shelters are full.
Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least
one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
An estimated 500,000 children in Canada witness violence in the home. They are more likely to experience learning problems, mental health issues and grow up to be victims or perpetrators of abuse.
Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
Domestic violence happens in all cultures, religions, ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
Canadians collectively spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence.
The most dangerous time for an abused woman is when she decides to leave her partner. This means women’s shelters offer critical services that save lives.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
How much do I have to donate?
That is up to you! As little as $10 or $20 per deal makes a difference, but you can certainly donate more. Many agents generously donate $50 or $100 each time they help a client buy or sell a home. You can start off with a lower amount and choose to increase your donation at any time.
Do I get a tax receipt for my donations?
Yes! We send out official charitable donation receipts by email in February for cumulative donations of $20+ made in the previous calendar year.
Shelters are important but what about preventing domestic violence from happening in the first place?
For 20 years, in addition to supporting women’s shelters, we’ve been dedicated to funding domestic violence prevention programs and anti-violence education. We were the founding philanthropic partner of The Fourth R, a school-based program that helps teenagers develop healthy relationships and avoid risky and abusive behaviours. We are a national partner of Canadian Women’s Foundation and a major funder of its Violence Prevention Grants program, supporting projects and organizations across the country that work to prevent intimate partner violence.
Where do my donations go?
We partner each Royal LePage office with a women’s shelter in their community that helps women and children fleeing domestic violence. 100% of your donation is directed to your local shelter. Or, you can choose to split your donation 50/50 between your local shelter and domestic violence prevention and education programs that our foundation supports in every province.
Can I use this with my personal branding efforts?
Definitely! In fact, we encourage you to do so! As a Commission Donor, you will receive a special “Proud Supporter” logo you can use on your business card, in your buyer/seller presentations and on your website. There is also artwork available to create sign riders, images for social media posts, and inserts you can include in thank you cards. It’s great to mention that you are a Commission Donor when you meet with existing or potential clients.
How much of my donation goes to administration?
None! Royal LePage Canada covers the Shelter Foundation’s administrative and operating costs, so 100% of your donation goes to the cause.
Thank you for signing up to be a Commission Donor. Your support makes a tremendous difference and will help families in your community who have been affected by domestic violence. To learn more, please visit us at rlp.ca/shelter.
Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
39 Wynford Drive, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Support and Counselling
You can enable your local shelter to provide safety, support and counselling to help women heal from the traumatic effects of domestic violence. Counselling also builds a woman’s self-esteem and confidence, which are often lacking when in an abusive relationship.
You can support your local shelter to provide a range of services to improve a woman’s employment situation, including training to improve her job search and interviewing skills. With stable employment, a woman has the ability to financially support herself and her children.
Helping Children to Heal
You can help your local shelter to provide counselling and support for children so they are able to overcome the negative effects of witnessing violence in the home. This means they will be less likely to repeat the pattern when they grow up.
Promoting Healthy Relationships
You can help support programs that provide opportunities for youth to recognize, develop and nurture healthy relationships so they avoid abusive or controlling behaviours. This includes healthy relationship programs delivered in schools.