SYL: Recipients of the 2018 Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction

Press release from Ontario Government:

Recipients of the 2018 Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction

The Attorney General recognized 20 individuals and organizations dedicated to helping victims of crime at the 2018 Victim Services Awards of Distinction. These awards pay tribute to the exceptional achievements of professionals and volunteers in the field of victim services, as well as the important work of individual victims.

Shape Your Life Boxing Program, Toronto

Shape Your Life is an innovative program that uses the sport of boxing to help women recover and heal from their experience of intimate partner violence. Since 2007, Shape Your Life helped 1,300 women to achieve their goals and move from victimization to self-actualization. The program is 8 to 14 weeks long with follow-up for as long as participants want to remain involved. Following the core program, there is a weekly grad class for participants to work on developing confidence in their bodies. Through this program, women are able to address the victimization they have experienced without reliving their traumas. In 2016, Shape Your Life received research funding to document its effects on the long-term functioning of participants, which led to program expansion to areas with limited access to services.

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