All posts in “violence”

Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch- North York Women’s Centre

Group:  Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch

Description:  This is the first part of the Women’s Empowerment Series.  In this group, participants will gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the effects they have on mental and physical well-being. They will identify personal strengths and coping strategies to draw upon during stressful situations and learn how to build self esteem and confidence. This program will be delivered in partnership with Unison Health and Community Services.

Where: Bathurst Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave. West

When:  Every Friday for 9 weeks, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, starts February 12, 2016

Contact:  Please call us at 416-781-0479 for information or to arrange an intake interview.

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Counselling

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Counselling

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.

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter provides 24-hour crisis and supportive counselling to women and children.
Counsellors work with clients to rebuild their lives by helping them set goals for the future and make plans to achieve those goals. The counsellors provide referrals and connect clients to resources. Counselling is for women and children who are experiencing violence and or abuse, have left an abusive or violent situation, are thinking of leaving an abusive or violent situation, have left the abuse or violent situation and are thinking of returning, and who want strategies for leaving an abusive or violent situation. This is a free service.

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) | |

COSTI Immigrant Services – Men’s Intervention (Partner Abuse)

Group Name: COSTI Immigrant Services – Men’s Intervention (Partner Abuse)

Description: Meeting the needs of a diverse society since 1952, COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. COSTI strives to be a leader in community service by using a client focused, proactive, and innovative approach in planning, developing and delivering services. Our programs ensure that regardless of language or cultural barriers, people who arrive in Canada are able to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate actively in all aspects of Canadian life.

Passi Nuovi is a culturally competent men’s intervention group for Italian Canadian men who are court mandated or voluntarily attend, and need to acknowledge their abuse towards their partners, wives, or girlfriends. Through their group participation, men gain a better understanding of the different types of abuse, and learn to take personal responsibility to reduce the abuse and violence. Services Available:

  • Individual assessment.
  • 16 weeks closed group, which focuses on teaching men who participate about different types of abuse ad taking responsibility for reducing violence.
  • Partner Contact and referral to the Violence Against Women program.
  • Support and resource information for partners.

****Staff at this location speak English and Italian. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Services are available to all Italian Canadian men residing in the Greater Toronto area and York Region.

Where: Family and Mental Health Services, Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Ave., Suite 105
| Toronto, ON M3L 1B2

When: Tuesdays from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contact: 416-658-1600 | 416-244-7714 | | |

Turning Point Youth Services – Violence Prevention

Group Name: Turning Point Youth Services – Violence Prevention

Description: Turning Point Youth Services is a a Toronto-based, accredited children’s mental health centre that provides a wide range of programs and services to youth aged 12 – 24 and their families. Our mission, reconnecting youth and families to their community, is central to our service philosophy that highlights the importance of the individual, family and community. Our approach is youth and family centered, competency based and responsive to the life difficulties faced by our clients. Our programs and services are delivered by qualified professional and trained staff using models of service delivery that are evidence based and drawn from best practice models in the mental health and social service field.

Violence Prevention is offered under the Clinical and Counselling Services at Turning Point. Emergency shelter and day programs are also available.
Group and individual counselling is available for youth struggling with issues of violence in their lives. Supports and counselling options are provided to both perpetrators of violence and youth who have been victimized or traumatized by violence.

Where: 95 Wellesley Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 2X9

Contact: 416-925-9250 |

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape

Group Name: Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape

Description: TRCC/MWAR (Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape) operates on principles of mutual respect and anti-oppression. We believe survivors of sexual violence are experts in their own healing. Together we work toward creating a thriving community, empowering survivors of all races, classes, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities and spiritualities.

Services provided:

  • 24 Hour crisis line phone counselling
  • In person, one—to—one counselling sessions, Monday—Friday. Evening appointment available by calling the main line
  • Information and referral: we offer referrals to counselling, health, legal clinics and other government / community agencies.
  • Latin American Women’s Program: provide services in Spanish. To book an appointment with a Spanish speaking counsellor.

Where: P.O. Box 84, Station B | Toronto, ON, M5T 2T2

Contact: 416-597-8808 (Crisis & Counselling) | 416-597-1171 | 416-597-1171 Ext. 228 (Spanish) | | (Spanish) |

Islamic Social Services & Resources Association – Women & Children Program

Group Name: Islamic Social Services & Resources Association – Women and Children Program

Description: I.S.S.R.A. (Islamic Social Services and Resources Association) is a non-profit organization committed to serving individuals, families and communities who are vulnerable, in distress and lack access to other services because of obstacles of culture, language, race, poverty, gender, or other barriers. Muslims and people of conscience should never forget, however, that caring for the poor and the vulnerable in our society is the duty of all able-bodied citizens.

Program for Women and Children
A support network for women and children that are changing their lives to live free from violence in their homes, families, and local communities. A network of service providers who work with the Muslim community who share expertise and resources as we increase the number of culturally sensitive service providers who work with the Muslim community.

Where: 2375 St. Clair Ave. West | Toronto, ON M6N 1K9

When: Please contact for more details.

Contact: 416-767-9358 | 416-767-1531 | |

Springtide Resources – Youth Program

Group Name: Springtide Resources – Youth Program

Description: Springtide Resources is a registered charity that develops and implements programs aimed at responding to the growing prevention, intervention and educational needs of those working toward ending violence against women and their children. Since 1978, our organization has been effectively providing training and resources to decrease the incidence of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children.

Youth Program (Formerly the Young Women’s Program)
The Youth Program addresses the need for leadership, mentorship, and skills development opportunities for marginalized youth and young women such that they may better understand and address the violence and barriers they (and their peers and communities) experience in their lives.

Where: Suite 220, 215 Spadina Avenue | Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-968-3422 | |

Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Counselling for Victims of Abuse

Group Name: Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Counselling for Victims of Abuse

Description: We provide a full range of services to our clients and their families, and continually identify and develop new programs that address the evolving needs of our diverse, ethno-cultural community. The Mission of SAFSS (Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services) is “to assist, educate and empower newcomers, women, seniors, youth, children and families in their integration process to improve their health and quality of life, realize their fullest potential and become contributing members of the Canadian society”.

Supportive Counselling for Victims of Domestic Violence
Supportive Counselling for Victims of Domestic Violence emphasizes holding group sessions in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner for two different groups- Farsi/Dari speakers vs. Urdu/Hindi speakers. The support group for domestic violence model is based on sharing information about basic resources in the community and how to access them. The project teaches coping and survival skills in a culturally sensitive manner and help victims relate to each other and practice skills imparted during one-on-one counseling.

Where: 1200 Markham Road, Suite 214 | Scarborough, ON M1H 3C3

When: Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-431-4847 | |

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 | |

Jewish Family and Child Services – Here to Help

Group Name: Jewish Family and Child Services – Here to Help

Description: Jewish Family & Child supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families, and communities through prevention, protection, counselling, education and advocacy services, within the context of Jewish values.

A powerful initiative of the JF&CS Woman Abuse program and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Here to Help is a group program for children ages 4 to 16 and their mothers who have been exposed to domestic violence (abuse in the home).

The Here to Help Program provides a safe and supportive environment where both children and their moms can begin to heal from the hurtful experiences of the violence. Children exposed to aggressive fighting between their parents may learn that this is the only way to solve problems, deal with frustration and have their needs met. To stop the cycle of violence, children need the opportunity to talk about what they have experienced (and may continue to be experiencing) at home. Through Here to Help, children understand that they are not alone in their experiences; they are able to talk to other children, often for the first time, who have been exposed to the same things.

It is also known that parenting can be impacted by domestic violence. Here to Help focuses on parenting skills and strategies to assist moms in working through these challenges.

Where: 4600 Bathurst Street | Toronto, ON M2R 3V3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-638-7800 Ext. 6216 | |

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