Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
This number does not reflect unreported cases of violence.
We know that when you give women a way out of an abusive situation, they become empowered and committed to building a better life.
We are working to end violence against women and girls.
“It is not easy to just leave. It takes money and support and you need a safe place to go. I was able to leave a bad situation and make a safe environment for myself and my kids.”
What is the December 6th Fund?
The December 6th fund provides non-interest bearing micro-loans and individualized support to women who wish to flee domestic violence but are compelled to stay for reasons of financial instability, life skills, and barriers to sufficient housing and/or self-sustainability. It reduces the number of homeless women and families in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), while working to end violence against women.
The December 6th Fund Offers
The fund offers an interest-free micro-loan along with critical support services to live a life free from violence. Life skills development, financial literacy training, and housing navigation are components of this life-changing program.
Individuals who identify as women, who are currently fleeing an abusive situation, or have left within the last month, have a bank account, source of income, can provide a referral from a local community agency, and are over 18 years of age are eligible. Applicants must live in the HRM to qualify for this one time loan, and provide proof of loan usage.
How to Apply
Registration is ongoing. Contact the Program Coordinator to make an appointment and complete an intake.