Kitwana & Joseph Centre for Empowerment and Healing:
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviours that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, economic class, immigration status, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples that are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Sadly many women and children in Saint Lucia are victims and do not have the support or the resources to end the cycle of abuse.
Together Mary Joseph and Iphigenia Kitwana have founded the Kitwana & Joseph Centre for Empowerment and Healing. Their mission is to build a safe community-based Centre in Saint Lucia for abused women and their children.
The Kitwana & Joseph Centre for Empowerment and Healing will serve abused women and their children, offering a 24-hour shelter that provides accommodation and support. The Centre will offer individual and group counselling, advocacy and follow-up services.
People who have never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t understand that leaving can be more complicated than it seems.
Leaving is often the most dangerous time for a victim of abuse, because abuse is about power and control. When a victim leaves, they are taking control and threatening the abusive partner’s power, which could cause the abusive partner to retaliate in very destructive ways.
There are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships. Here are just a few of the common ones: Fear, Lack of Money/Resources, Embarrassment or Shame, Low Self-Esteem, Love, Cultural/Religious Reasons, Language Barriers/Immigration Status, Disability, and Fear of being Outed just to name a few.
We recognize that without treatment, intervention and proper supports in place, the empowerment and healing process cannot begin. If the cycle of violence is not stopped, the perpetrators will keep perpetrating and the victims will continually be traumatized.
We feel it is our responsibility as members of society to care for, support and to help our women and children through this difficult time in their lives.
Without your financial support, we cannot provide adequate services to help abused women and children on the path to independence and healing.
We encourage you to donate and help support our cause. Thank you for your compassion and kindness, we cannot do it without you.
Remember that a life without violence and abuse is everyone’s right.
To live is the rarest thing in the world.
We recognize abuse as one example of women’s social, political and economic inequality in Saint Lucia. We are appealing to you for your consideration to help support the KJCEH with a donation. Donations made to Kitwana & Joseph Centre for Empowerment and Healing, are eligible for a Canadian Tax Receipt. Please feel free to contact me for more information. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Leaving is often the most dangerous time for a victim of abuse.
YES WE CAN!!
This shelter will focus on providing 24-hour safety, support, and linkages with community resources.
To fulfil our mission, our vision! We aim to provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment for abused women and their children.