Helping people through times of crisis comes easy to Constable Sherri Delaney—it’s what she does everyday in her job with Durham Regional Police Service.
Delaney is a member of DRP’s Victim Services Unit. It is her job to provide emotional support and assistance to those who have been victims of crime.
So it’s no surprise that the Durham YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) asked for Delaney’s help with setting up a shelter for abused women and their children.
“I see first hand what domestic violence does to a woman and her family,” says Delaney. “They are scared, overwhelmed and feeling very alone. Having a safe place to go and people who will support them is crucial.”
Delaney has been a tremendous help to the Y’s Wish Shelter, a safe haven set up by the YWCA for abused women and their children. She received a recognition award on Apr. 29 for all her help with the shelter, which opened in Oshawa about a year ago.
Constable Delaney has been instrumental in sharing her knowledge of the law and court procedures with the YWCA and its staff. Eva Martin Blythe, Executive Director of the YWCA of Durham said that Delaney provides a crucial link between police and victims of domestic violence.
The Y’s Wish Shelter is one of many facets of the YWCA’s continuing efforts to provide emergency and long-term housing, educational opportunities and affordable recreational facilities to women and their families.
For more information on the YWCA of Durham Region, please call (905) 619-2556 or (905) 427-7300. Their crisis line can be reached at: (905) 576-8880/
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