By Kathryn Hill
CBC News has been highlighting the crisis of intimate partner violence in Canada, including the overwhelming demand for beds in VAW (Violence Against Women) shelters. Last year, 84 of the 200 families at the Red Door came to us escaping intimate partner violence. Safety is paramount and so our new family shelter will have a modern entry system equivalent to that required of a VAW shelter. In addition, we continue to operate our 50-bed VAW shelter which is currently occupied by 16 moms and 30 kids, and 4 single women.