All posts in “domestic abuse”

Yellow Brick House – 24 hour Crisis Line for Abused Women

Group Name: Yellow Brick House – 24 hour Crisis Line for Abused Women

Description: Yellow Brick House is mandated to provide services in York Region to women and children who have experienced violence and abuse. Violence and abuse against women and children reflects and reinforces the power imbalance between men and women. It is an expression of women’s disadvantaged status, and a coercive tool used to maintain a circumstance of male dominance and control. Violence and abuse serves to control women and protect male power, as evidenced by the fact that the overwhelming majority of victims are women while offenders and perpetrators are most often, though not exclusively, men. Yellow Brick House is committed to challenging and eradicating the beliefs, values, systems and structures which support and perpetuate sexism and violence against women.

Counsellors are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to take crisis calls and assess a caller’s specific situation. They can then refer the woman on the most appropriate action. Whether it’s referring to one of our many outreach services or bringing them into the shelter, our 24 hour crisis line is a first step in the right direction for women and children living in abusive situations.

Where: 52 West Beaver Creek Road, Unit 4 | Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9

Contact: 1-800-263-3247 (Crisis Line Ext. 1) | 905 709-0900 | 1-800-263-2231 | |

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

The Child and Youth Program is dedicated to supporting children and youth between the ages of zero to eighteen, including male youth up to 18 years old, pregnant women and mothers. EWS believes that children have the right to be separate and distinct from their parents and as a result this program is designed to meet the children’s individual needs. The program is designed and facilitated with age appropriate activities to enhance development in the following areas:

  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Impact of Violence – creating a safe place for children to discuss and share their own experiences of violence
  • Early Prevention – informing children of their rights and advocacy. The program provides individual and group counselling.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | |

North York Women’s Centre – Reclaiming Yourself After Abuse

Group Name: North York Women’s Centre – Reclaiming Yourself After Abuse

Description: The North York Women’s Centre addresses the well-being of women in the former City of North York. We are a central source of information serving as a link between available resources and the women who need them. Ongoing programs include information and referral services, free legal clinics and a variety of support groups. Seasonal program brochures detail special events and educational workshops. The Centre is a non-threatening, informal and supportive place, accessible to women of all socio-economic and ethno-racial backgrounds. There are no program fees. A commitment to attend and participate is expected. NYWC strives to ensure women have access to our programs. Talk to us about any child-minding, accessibility or other needs you have during registration. Register as early as possible to secure your spot – and please cancel if you can’t attend. TTC tokens are provided when requested at registration.

Reclaiming Yourself After Abuse:
This ten-week support group is for women who have experienced abuse in any form and at any point in their lives. It provides women with a safe and supportive environment to share their experiences and discuss issues related to abuse. The group will provide women with resources to enhance their understanding of the impacts and effects of abuse and support them in developing effective coping skills. A pre-group meeting is required. Start date to be confirmed.

Where: 116 Industry Street (Weston Road and Eglinton area) | Toronto, ON M6M 4L8

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-781-0479 | |

Catholic Family Services of Toronto – Counselling for Dads

Group Name: Catholic Family Services of Toronto – Counselling for Dads

Description: Catholic Family Services of Toronto was established in 1922 and is a non-profit counselling agency. The agency is accredited by Family Service Ontario and is a member of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Our staff is professionally trained, skilled and knowledgeable.

They are dedicated to excellence, personalized care, and to helping people develop their potential as fully as possible. They provide extensive preventative (wellness) as well as treatment (counselling) services. Their commitment is to promote and strengthen healthy families, marriages, and individuals.

Being A Dad
A program to assist fathers to end their abusive behaviour and affect positive changes in their parenting skills. Men attending the program must not have pre-adjudicated charges before the criminal court. Offered at Catholic Children’s Aid Office Locations. Please call for further details.

Where: Offered at Catholic Children’s Aid Office Locations

When:  8 sessions, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursdays, January 21st – March 10th or Thursdays April 7th – May 26th

Contact: Please call 416-222-0048 for further details | |

Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples – Women’s Program

Group Name: Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples – Women’s Program

Description: The Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples is a non-profit, charitable organization serving new immigrants from 20 Spanish-speaking countries as well as members of other communities. The Centre has a long and complex history. It was founded in 1973 under the leadership of director Gloria Montero, sociologist Ana Alberro, and immigration counselor Rempel Kathi. They and others were the first members of a corporation called “The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples,” whose main objective was to provide services for immigrants and workers from Spanish-speaking countries and support community activities.

The women’s Program undertakes continuous work on the issues of violence against women. They support women who experience abuse in their relationships, creating awareness on the topic. The program acknowledges that violence against women is a crucial and hidden transgression of human rights, which affects women of all ages, social classes and cultures.

Where: 2141 Jane Street, Second Floor | Toronto, ON M3M 1A2

When: Support meetings are held once a week over a 10-week period for Spanish-speaking women. For information on the location of the meetings, please call.

Contact: 416-533-8545 | |

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