Community and distress centres
The following community agencies and supports are available for women who need support or who would like to talk to someone anonymously about their situation.
- Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Line and Leadership (SASSL) – York University
24-hour Support Line: 416-650-8056
For all other inquiries, please call SASSL’s main office line: 416-736-2100 ext.40345
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Hours: Monday – Sunday 24 hours
Tel: 416-863-0511; TTY 416-364-8762
- Victim Services Program of Toronto
- Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape
Hours: Crisis Line Monday-Sunday 24 hours
Tel: 416-597-8808; TTY 416-597-1214
- Family Service Toronto (FST)
David Kelley Lesbian and Gay Community Counselling Program
355 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1Z8
- Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tel: 416-599-2458; TTY 416-599-5077; Toll-free 1-800-354-9950
CILT offers service and support to women with disabilities, who are in abusive relationships.
- Canadian Hearing Society Connect Counselling Services
Tel: 416-928-2512 (voice) TTY 416-928-2511
The Canadian Hearing Society Connect Counselling Services offers service and support to women in abusive relationships who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Distress Centres:
Distress Centres of Toronto 416-408-4357
Telecare Distress Centre of Etobicoke 416-247-5426
Other on-line resources:
- Education Wife Assault
- National Clearing House on Family Violence
- The Feminist Institute for Studies on Law and Society
- Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
- Canadian Domestic Violence and Abuse Agencies List http://www.hotpeachpages.net/canada/canada1.html – Global inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organizations, searchable by country, plus index of domestic violence resources in over 70 languages.
- White Ribbon Campaign – Men working to end men’s violence against women.
- The Canadian Women’s Foundation
http://www.cdnwomen.org is dedicated to long-term systemic change that will bring about the equality of women and girls in Canada
- Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
Violence Against Women Links
- Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women
Information via facts sheets on violence against women including sexual assaults, stalking and criminal harassment
- Status of Women Canada
information on issues concerning women including violence against women
- Amnesty International
Activism revolving around putting a stop to violence against women around the world.
- Ontario Women’s Justice Network
Legal information and advice for women who are looking for help with family law or trying to understand legal terminology
- Centre for Research on Violence Against Wome
Provides information about speakers and planned events regarding violence against women
- Health Canada: Violence Against Women
Information provided by Health Canada regarding Violence Against Women
- Dawn Ontario: Disabled Women’s Network Ontario
- Peel region committee for violence against women
Provides fact sheets and resources for women experiencing violence
- Violence Against Women
Organization that serves Elgin County in Ontario. Although it services one particular area it has useful information around violence against women. It includes several resources and information around domestic violence and violence against women as well as safety plans for women experiencing abuse
- Canada’s National foundation for women and girls
This anonymous guest post was written by a member of the Women’s Center community.
Yes, this is a very complicated and broad topic for a blog, perhaps not so ideal for a short blog since this topic delves deep inside the psychological interplay of the domestic relationship. However, I’d like to share my two cents, how I feel and what I know. It’s very unusual for people to spend the time and energy seeking to be in love with people who will abuse them–psychologically, physically and even verbally. For example, when the good times happened, we were on Cloud 9! Never had I found myself waiting, in anticipation, for bad times. Not just rough times, I mean BAD times. Am I just naive to think my partner would never want to hurt me? After all the love we shared and experienced together, was I not valuable in his eyes? I…
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