Angela McNulty-Buell, Director of Programs, Bridges for Women Society
The prevalence of trauma due to violence against women was what motivated the 5 founding mothers
of Bridges for Women Society. What they recognized was twofold. First, they saw that trauma was a
significant barrier to living an independent secure life. Also, they saw that because women were
financially dependent on others, they were more likely to stay in unhealthy relationships.
The Bridges Employment Program addresses both of those effects of trauma and abuse. During our 6-
month program, participants learn about the impacts of trauma on their lives and develop the skills to
move beyond their history. Many graduates speak about the confidence that they gained through the
program and the ability to see that they have lots to offer in the workforce. Parallel to their group
involvement, they are also offered one-to-one counselling; this has been particularly helpful during the
pandemic when clients were being re-activated by past trauma.