Share Your Story

Your Voice Matters – Speak Out Against Violence Against Women

At Cornerstone we use stories to talk about real issues and real lives.

We believe in giving survivors and those impacted by family violence and abuse a place to share their stories, which can help bring people together. There’s lots of positives to sharing your story and, depending on your comfort, many different ways to do it.

Why your story matters

Ever listened to someone talk about their life and thought ‘Oh, someone else has been through that, too? I thought it was just me!’ Finding similarities with other people helps us live happy and healthy lives. Every story shared is a chance to make connections. It is a chance to feel less alone.

Why sharing your story is important

Traumatic experiences can often make us feel like we have no power. But we do have power, and a lot more than we might realize! Speaking up about your experiences, and about what’s important to you, is an easy and effective way to create change, start conversations, and connect with the people around you.

Through story sharing you light a path for others to follow. There’s someone out there just like you. There is a person out there who likely has a similar story or a similar life situation. They may be a few months or a year or so behind you in their own journey – and they feel alone.

Sharing your story – and your own insights and lessons learned will inspire. It lights a pathway – sometimes to a way out; but always to hope.

How to share your story

There are many ways, and no right way, to share your story. The most important thing is that you feel safe and comfortable with however you choose to do it. At Cornerstone the medium through which your story is shared is at the discretion of the story sharer; we will work with you to ensure you are comfortable, safe and empowered.

Cornerstone has a few different ways we like to share stories which include:

  • Essays
  • Articles
  • Social media posts
  • Direct mail appeals
  • On our website
  • Video communications
  • Podcasts

Once you have decided to share your story connect with us! Even if you have no idea where to start, reach out and we can help you share your story in a way that is authentic to you. Simply click on the photo below that applies to you, and answer the questions provided.

You are not alone. There are many other women and families just like you who have had very similar experiences. Some of these women and families have received support from Cornerstone our services like ours – check out their stories here (link “here” to the story page).

I’d like to share my story…

In that instant I knew I could leave, and I would. And I did.

Cornerstone’s My Voice Matters: A Story Sharing Project is generously funded through The Department of Justice Canada as part of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

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