PenFinancial Credit Union has proudly partnered with Gillian’s Place to support, educate and advocate for the importance of providing a safe and supportive environment for women and children across Niagara. The launch of the video series will reach all of Niagara with evocative storytelling that poignantly portrays the unfortunate reality of 1 in 4 women’s lives right here in our region.

“Through our Truly Local Commitment, we are proud to help raise awareness about the root causes of violence and abuse and the safe, supportive environment that Gillian’s Place provides to help end the cycle of violence against women and children in our communities,” says Ken Janzen, CEO of PenFinancial Credit Union.

The powerful videos reveal the damage inflicted by a range of serious issues, including domestic homicide, financial abuse, digital abuse, emotional and physical abuse. 

“Physical abuse is easy to recognize, but intimate partner violence can take many shapes, and can all have a devastating impact,” says Nicole Regehr, Director of Development & Violence Prevention Programs at Gillian’s Place. “We want women to know that we understand, we are here to help, and that they are not alone. We hope you will consider watching the video series on online and if you are able, please donate.”

Through this partnership and these impactful PSAs, it is the goal of both Gillian’s Place and PenFinancial Credit Union to help ensure that women in Niagara are better able to recognize the severity of these situations, and know that they have hope, support, and choices available to them.

ABOUT GILLIAN’S PLACE Gillian’s Place offers safe shelter and support services for women and children who have experienced abuse. Over more than 40 years, our services have grown to include a 34 bed shelter, a 24/7 call and text support line, counselling for women and children, transitional support, legal advice and advocacy, 4 transitional housing units and public education. All of our services are are free and completely confidential. Last year, we sheltered 307 women and children, answered over 3,000 crisis calls and served another nearly 1800 women through outreach services.

ABOUT PENFINANCIAL CREDIT UNION PenFi is a values-based financial co-operative committed to transforming how banking is done, so we can improve the lives of our members and strengthen the communities we serve. Proudly Serving Niagara. From St. Catharines to Welland, and Niagara Falls to Fort Erie, PenFinancial Credit Union has firm roots in Niagara. As a Credit Union, we offer the same competitive services as banks including everything from mortgages to business loans, but a big difference is that our decisions are made locally. We reinvest all deposits in the local community by providing loans and mortgages to your friends and neighbours, and invest in many Niagara based organizations and events to help keep our communities strong and sustainable.

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