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Women’s Shelter and Support

Women’s Shelter and Support

  • 61 per cent of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
  • On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were murdered by a current or former spouse or boyfriend.
  • Over half of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence
  • The above statistics are compiled on the Canadian Women’s Foundation website.

The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto points out that there are many forms of domestic abuse/woman abuse, including physical, financial, cultural, verbal, and emotional.  None of these are acceptable in any way.  This organization has put together a questionnaire for women who think they may be being abused.

The Ontario Women’s Justice Network has useful information on increasing your safety, including the steps to making a safety plan. This website also provides tips on protecting yourself when using the Internet (including social media). The Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides steps on how you can erase your cache and history list.

If an attack is happening right now or you think it may happen call 911. You can also call the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 416-863-0511 (TTY 416-364-8762). If you are outside the 416 area code, call 1-866-863-0511 (TTY 1-866-863-7868). If you want help you can also call the crisis line at various shelters.

The main Findhelp Toronto site includes a list of all the community legal clinics in the city. In particular, the Barbara Schlifer Clinic delivers a full range of legal services to female victims of violence in the areas of family and immigration law. The Law Society of Upper Canada also runs a referral service to help connect callers with the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options. CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) has produced Do you know a woman who is being abused a plain language booklet on abuse and family violence. In addition, Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) provides plain language legal information on women's rights under Ontario family law available in 14 languages.

Please note that if you are looking for financial assistance you can find information on the main Findhelp Toronto site.

Other resources

Girls Action Foundation
This national charitable organization leads and seeds girls’ programs across Canada, building girls’ and young women’s skills and confidence and inspiring action to change the world.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
This site provides links to fact sheets, guides, reports and videos on family violence that mostly have been developed in Canada.

Neighbours, Friends and Families
This  public education campaign hopes to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help.

Ontario Women’s Justice Network
This online resource provides legal information on issues related to justice and violence against women and children.

Safe@School: Resources for Youth
This project led by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) and the Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA) and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, offers resources addressing healthy relationships and violence prevention.

SafePet Program
Run by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, this program provides temporary housing and care for the pets of women who wish to leave an abusive partner.

Victim Services directory
Put out by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, this directory of services for victims of crime has resources for women who have been physically or sexually abused. This directory lists a number of programs and services including the Domestic Violence Court Program.

Searches

Crisis lines for abused women

Counselling for abused women

Counselling and other services for youth (Counselling and other services for youth who have experienced or are at risk of  physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual abuse.)

Programs for men or partners who abuse (Treatment programs and counselling for partners who are abusive)

Sexual and domestic assault treatment centres

Shelters and housing for abused women