This holiday season, who would you call?

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - As the holiday season fast approaches we are asking Ontarians to help support the Assaulted Women's Helpline with the launch of our Who Would You Call Campaign.

Not every woman has someone they can call at 4am. Not every woman can share the abuse she experiences behind closed doors even with her dearest friends.  Each year the Assaulted Women's Helpline receives over 49,000 calls from women across Ontario who have experienced some form of abuse, and the demand for our crisis line telephone service continues to grow- as many as 50 per cent of the women that call our line during peak periods cannot get through to speak to a counselor.

The Who Would You Call Campaign begins today and runs until December 31, 2011 and aims to raise funds for our critical and life-saving services. When you visit www.whowouldyoucall.ca the Assaulted Women's Helpline invites you to contribute a personal story, video, blog or poem with a donation in honor of that special woman you can always call no matter what- we'll post it on our website and publicly acknowledge that person.  We'll also mail a beautiful card to your friend letting them know that a tribute gift was made in their honor. www.whowouldyoucall.ca.

About the Assaulted Women's Helpline
For more than 25 years, the Assaulted Women's Helpline has served as a confidential and anonymous 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.  We provide free crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year in up to 154 languages. www.awhl.org.

SOURCE Assaulted Women's Helpline

For further information:

Jennifer Rollo 
Resource Development Manager, Assaulted Women's Helpline 
416.364.4144 
jrollo@awhl.org 
www.awhl.org

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