17 episodes

Somebody Must Say These Things is an 8-part series that fully investigates Violence Against Women in Nova Scotia. By speaking with survivors and the women who make it their mission to end the issue for good, this podcast casts a stark, unapologetic light on our society’s continued insufficient acknowledgement of Violence Against Women. We follow the stories of survivors and examine the critical, unappreciated role of transition houses. We also speak with the boots-on-the-ground workers who fight everyday to help women and children in need. Together, their insights offer a new, clear perspective on the current status of abuse and violence in the province of Nova Scotia and what we need to do to ensure a brighter tomorrow.

Our hope is that by sharing their stories, you will become an advocate for change.

This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions."

THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

This podcast is narrated by Grace McNutt.

Produced by Podstarter.

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    • Society & Culture

Somebody Must Say These Things is an 8-part series that fully investigates Violence Against Women in Nova Scotia. By speaking with survivors and the women who make it their mission to end the issue for good, this podcast casts a stark, unapologetic light on our society’s continued insufficient acknowledgement of Violence Against Women. We follow the stories of survivors and examine the critical, unappreciated role of transition houses. We also speak with the boots-on-the-ground workers who fight everyday to help women and children in need. Together, their insights offer a new, clear perspective on the current status of abuse and violence in the province of Nova Scotia and what we need to do to ensure a brighter tomorrow.

Our hope is that by sharing their stories, you will become an advocate for change.

This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions."

THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

This podcast is narrated by Grace McNutt.

Produced by Podstarter.

    Silent Depression

    Silent Depression

    In this episode, we look into these changes and the increasing demand for support services during post-pandemic economic hardship. "The Silent Depression" is a term used to describe the observed increase of people seeking help for basic needs like food and shelter post COVID-19. The effects of this depression has exasperated the existing shortage of resources aimed to support survivors of gender-based violence. This episode highlights the urgent need for funding, particularly for clients experiencing poverty, unemployment, marginalization, unsafe living situations and lack of support.
    Since our last season, the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia has observed a change. As a refresh, THANS is an umbrella organization of violence against women organizations, with 11 members providing services across rural Nova Scotia. Each member is an independent nonprofit organization and maintains its own staff to provide services to women and children in their communities. Communities needs which may include safe shelter 24 hour crisis lines, outreach services and or second stage housing to women and their children who have experienced violence or abuse. 
    This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.

    THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

    This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.

    Produced by Podstarter.

    • 25 min
    Housing

    Housing

    This episode's focus is on the housing crisis, specifically its impact on survivors of intimate partner violence. The housing crisis in Nova Scotia was particularly exacerbated by COVID-19, especially in rural areas where the challenges of finding affordable housing are even more dire due to the lack of public tent communities, and the prevalence of derelict buildings, and un-winterized structures.
    The limited availability of housing and exorbitant costs in places like Cape Breton, are discussed as major barriers for gender-based violence survivors trying to escape abusive partners. We hear from support experts that for a wide range of women, of varying financial abilities, the recent housing crisis has made it harder than ever to leave a dual income household. Experts and survivors are featured in this episode arriving at the same conclusion; we need affordable housing.
    This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.

    THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

    This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.

    Produced by Podstarter.

    • 27 min
    Safety

    Safety

    Host, and Director of the Chrysalis Transition House Association, Ginger MacPhee is back in this episode; delving into the complex issue of safety, as it relates to the stark realities of gender-based violence survivors. We hear from survivors and experts who provide insight into the various forms of abuse, and the lasting impact it has on mental and emotional well-being. The fear of post-separation violence looms large, with half of all ex-partner homicides occurring within two months of leaving the relationship.
    Despite efforts to provide safety, challenges persist, particularly in rural areas where resources are limited. In this episode we highlight the vulnerabilities faced by shelters, underscoring the need for adequate funding and support. However, amidst the adversity, there is hope. 
    This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.

    THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

    This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.

    Produced by Podstarter.

    • 22 min
    Health

    Health

    There is a critical intersection of healthcare and intimate partner violence, and in this episode we explore the challenges faced by victims seeking care. Through firsthand accounts and expert insights, we take a look at the gaps in healthcare training, and resources for addressing gender-based violence, emphasizing the need for better education and structure within the system. Testimonials from survivors highlight the transformative impact of shelters like Chrysalis House, offering vital healing and support often missing in traditional healthcare settings.
    This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.

    THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

    This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.

    Produced by Podstarter.

    • 23 min
    Justice

    Justice

    In this week's episode, we hear the story of Mary, a survivor of intimate partner violence, who courageously shares her journey of escaping abuse and navigating the justice system. Like many gender-based violence survivors, in rural areas of Nova Scotia, trapped in isolation, Mary's quest for safety led her to confront the grim reality of a system ill-equipped to protect victims of gender-based violence, revealing profound gaps and trauma-inducing experiences.
    The many stories in our province, like Mary's, underscores the urgent need for justice, systemic change, and increased support for survivors.
    This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.

    THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

    This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.

    Produced by Podstarter.

    • 19 min
    Technology

    Technology

    We are often inundated with the lists of uses for technology in society. From how it can make our lives easier, to more comfortable, and even luxurious. In the same vein, technology can create community around the personal hardships that women endure as gender-based violence survivors. The opposite should also be considered. This episode explores how social media surveillance, perpetuates intimate partner violence even post escape. Guest experts including Dr Suzie Dunn, Professor Kaitlynn Mendes, and Rhiannon Wong, discuss the pros and cons of the effects that evolving technology and social media platforms have on gender-based violence survivors.  
    While highlighting examples of survivors leaving abusive relationships online, can advocate for informed decision-making for the survivor community; the allure of online platforms in promoting harmful ideologies, blurring lines between healthy and toxic relationships for young men is of concern.  Additionally, the complexities of leaving abusive relationships in a digital age must be considered when understanding the range of experience and resources that are needed to provide support. 
    This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.

    THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.

    This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.

    Produced by Podstarter.

    • 34 min

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