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Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best when he said, go where there is no path and leave a trail. Khalieha Cunningham, the Founder of Life Beyond The Hurt Organization has surely left a trail in her community. A domestic Violence survivor, Khalieha decided to create a safe space in that of Life Beyond the Hurt Organization.
Life Beyond the Hurt, is a non profit organization dedicated to marginalized individuals who have experienced some form of hurt/ domestic violence in their lives and need a place of hope, resources and solace.
(Founder & President)
Our Mission is to raise awareness while supporting those who have experienced domestic & sexualized violence. We aim to influence social and systemic change and help our community live a life beyond their hurt.
We aspire to a world in which individuals are empowered to share responsibility in creating communities free from domestic and sexualized violence and abuse.
Acceptance-Respect- Inclusion-Commitment- New Beginnings
L- Let Go
B- Be Brave
H- Hurt has no place where your happiness resides
We would love to hear from you. Send us an email to email@example.com
2 Ralston Avenue, Suite 100, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1H7, Canada
Self-help resources and information found online can be useful, but it is not a substitute for professional advice. The information and resources provided by Life Beyond The Hurt Organization is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace the specialized and professional judgement of a health care or mental health care professional.
If you in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1
If you are in crisis and require assistance with relocation, please call:
IWK Health Care Centre
For more information: iwk.nshealth.ca/
Adsum For Women & Children
2421 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS, B3K 2Z4
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre / Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)
1526 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS, B3J 3K3
2706 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3C7
3399 Novelea Dr, Halifax, NS, B3K 3E6
Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division (CMHA)
Domestic/ Intimate partner violence: behaviour by an intimate or ex-partner that causes physical, sexual, emotional, financial, social, or spiritual harm.
Types of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. Does any of this sound familiar?
Any unwanted physical contact with the intent to harm, intimidate, or dominate
• Hitting with objects or threatening with a weapon
• Restraining, confining, not allowing somebody to leave
• Taking away mobility devices or withholding essential care
• Physical intimidation
• Any sexual contact without consent
• Badgering for sex with consequences if partner says no (ignores partner, threats of sex with someone else)
• Perpetuator having multiple sexual partners
• Forcing sex with others
• Pressuring partner to have sex in a way that doesn’t align with their gender identity
• Sexual comments or sharing sexual images publicly or online
• Yelling, intimidation, name calling, false accusations
• Threats to partner, children, pets (also abuser threating suicide)
• Inappropriate expressions of jealousy, accusations of affairs
• Making partner feel guilty for having a disability
• Degrading, insulting, gaslighting, disbelieving, or pressuring
• Stalking, or incessant texting, calling, or emailing
• Questioning the person’s sexual orientation or gender identity
• Mocking, devaluing partner to their children
• Withholding money or taking money
• Forcing or denying work
• Requiring sexual acts for money
• Controlling banking, transactions and assets
• Identity theft which can be easier if the partner is the same sex
• Intentionally destroying credit or not paying bills
• Embarrassing partner in front of friends, family, family of choice, in public, or online
• Rude or alienating to partner’s family or friends
• Forcing public displays of affection that “out” a partner
• Showing up unexpectedly
• Having friends check up on partner
• Taking away cell phone, computer, or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
• Using religion to justify abuse or dominance
• Requiring sexual acts or drug use as religious acts
• Mocking beliefs
You do not have to be a counsellor or a therapist to support someone who has experienced physical/sexualized violence to respond. If you are hearing a disclosure, it means that you have already gained some trust with the person who is telling you their story. One of the most devastating aspects of physical/sexualized violence is the loss of power and control that victims experience.
For this reason, it is extremely important to let them know that they are in control of what happens to them following the assault. You can help by empowering the survivor to make decisions about their own healing process. Provide options, such as:
Life Beyond The Hurt relies on charitable donations and the generous support of our community.
Because of you, we are building economic security, promoting wellness, and creating opportunities for young women, girls, and their families by providing a strong voice and integrated services.
There are countless ways to give but no matter how you give or how much you give, your gift makes a difference.
We are hoping you will consider making a donation.
Your support, now as much as ever, is so needed and deeply valued.
Ways to Give:
Gifts of Necessity
Examples of necessity gifts include:
General Donations: You can give monthly, annually or one-time donations.
Gifts on Honour: Have someone you want to pay tribute to? Why not make a gift in their name using our online giving.
Gifts in Memory: Make a gift in the name of a family member or loved one online or contact us about establishing a gift.
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