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a Behind the Scenes look at domestic violence and the journeys families take to find Hope and Healing with Rowan House in Rural Alberta.

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a Behind the Scenes look at domestic violence and the journeys families take to find Hope and Healing with Rowan House in Rural Alberta.

    S3 E6: Love is Love ft. Marissa Johnston & Siobhan Hourigan

    S3 E6: Love is Love ft. Marissa Johnston & Siobhan Hourigan

    June marks the launch of Pride festivities across the country, including within the Town of Okotoks.

    In this episode, I am joined by Rowan House's Halle Minkler and Okotoks Pride's Marissa Johnston and Siobhan Hourigan (@TheLesbiansTM), as we explore the intersectionality of domestic violence and abuse within LGBTQ2S+ relationships, and how rural communities are beginning to take steps towards safety and inclusion.

    Trigger warning: for content about violence toward the LGBTQ2S+ community and its members.

    • 44 min
    S3 E5: Parental Alienation ft. Laurie Anderson, Cindy Marshall and Diana Lowe

    S3 E5: Parental Alienation ft. Laurie Anderson, Cindy Marshall and Diana Lowe

    Parental Alienation is a loaded term, an accusation that often comes up in custody disputes when the child is expressing a desire to stay with just one parent.

    In most cases, with just a few exceptions, both parents are given rights to access their child – even if it’s somewhat limited or with supervision. However, this can very much be, to the detriment of the health and mental well-being of that child.

    In this episode, I am joined by Family Law Lawyers, Laurie Anderson and Cindy Marshall, and returning guest, retired Lawyer and Consultant Diana Lowe to discuss why this is problematic and dreams of making the system better.

    Trigger warning: discussions of domestic violence and abuse, self-harm.

    CBC Article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/children-domestic-violence-survivors-family-court-1.6442801

    Globe and Mail Article: Globe2Go, the digital newspaper replica of The Globe and Mail (pressreader.com)

    • 50 min
    S3 E4: The Times, They Are a Changin'

    S3 E4: The Times, They Are a Changin'

    We talked early in the Pandemic about how these types of events can significantly impact the issue of domestic violence and abuse. (RCMP in Alberta reported an 11.7% increase in those types of calls between March and September of 2020 compared to the same time in 2019, and then we had Corporal Leanne Beatie, the Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Southern Alberta District, on the podcast just a few episodes ago, talking about how that trend is continuing.) Our concerns that Covid would impact the sector were not unfounded, to say the least.
    But as Rowan House Society wraps up its last fiscal year and looks ahead, we are seeing that the Pandemic truly has affected more than just calls to our support line.
    We’re seeing quite a difference in the severity of abuse, changes in the overall mental health of clients and their coping mechanisms, lateral violence and people struggling to interact in those in-person settings and just more burnout and turnover in staff.

    In this episode, I am joined by Rowan House's new Executive Director, Linette Soldan to discuss these issues and how the sector is moving forward.

    I also want to once again include a Warning for this episode, as there is a point where we discuss the topic of strangulation that may be triggering for some listeners.

    • 33 min
    S3 E3: Jail Isn't Always the Answer ft. Judge Tyndale and Raelene Notti

    S3 E3: Jail Isn't Always the Answer ft. Judge Tyndale and Raelene Notti

    Working in the shelter, and hearing stories from residents and Outreach clients, we know that the systems of support for addressing domestic abuse can be difficult to navigate and often feel stacked up against the person requesting the help. 

    But there are professionals within the system who understand those challenges and are working to make changes that promote better outcomes for families. One of the common themes we are coming across is that “better outcomes” don’t always mean families splitting up and jail time for the abuser.
    In this episode, I am joined by Judge, Mark Tyndale, Raelene Notti of Resolution Services (http://www.rcas.alberta.ca) and Rowan House’s Safe at Home Program Director, Nara Fedozzi to discuss the two cycles of abuse and different avenues for addressing domestic abuse and other family matters.

    Trigger Warning: this episode has some stronger descriptions of abuse and the court system that may be difficult for some listeners. Please proceed with caution and practice self-care as needed. 

    • 44 min
    S3 E2: MAID - Series Review from a Support Worker Perspective

    S3 E2: MAID - Series Review from a Support Worker Perspective

    Have you had a chance to watch the Netflix series, MAID?

    It's based on the true story/memoir of American author, Stephanie Land, and highlights the reality for people navigating the complexities of life - doing low-paid service work to provide for herself and her child while dealing with the demands of unhealthy and sometimes toxic family dynamics...and abuse. 

    It has received a lot of praise for its accurate portrayal of these issues and many of our staff have watched it and would agree.

    Rowan House's Shelter Team Lead, Brittany Smith joins me to discuss our thoughts on the series.

    WARNING... this episode contains Spoilers for the show. Listen at your own risk!

    • 25 min
    S3 E1: The Bridge that Connects Us ft. Kerri Wilkinson

    S3 E1: The Bridge that Connects Us ft. Kerri Wilkinson

    To kick off Season 3, we go back to the beginning. How does someone typically find out about Rowan House and make the decision to come into the shelter or connect with an Outreach Support Worker?  

    Well, in many cases, the answer may be with support and resource referral from Foothills Regional Victim Services. In this episode, long-time program manager, Kerri Wilkinson joins me to talk about the role they play in helping families begin their journey to hope and healing.

    • 28 min

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