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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

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Victim Services

ShelterSafe.ca

This is an online resource for women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. It has a clickable map that can show you which shelters are closest to you.

Website: www.sheltersafe.ca

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses

This is a provincial coalition of emergency shelters for abused women and their children, second-stage housing programs, and community-based women’s service organizations.

You can find links to resources and information for people who work with women who have experienced domestic violence.

Website: www.oaith.ca

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres

This is a network of 26 community-based sexual assault centres across Ontario. They provide counselling, information, support services, and referrals to people who have experienced sexual violence. The website lists the centres, and has resources for victims of sexual violence.

Website: www.sexualassaultsupport.ca

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)

The OFIFC is an organization that represents Friendship Centres across Ontario. Friendship Centres serve the needs of Indigenous people by providing culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate services. Some Friendship Centres have programs that provide crisis intervention and peer counselling to community members who are affected by violence.

The website lists contact information for Friendship Centres across Ontario.

Toll-free: 1-800-772-9291

Toronto area: 416-956-7575

Website: www.ofifc.org

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/ Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

This is a network of hospital-based centres that provide care to women, children, and men who have recently been sexually assaulted or experienced domestic violence.

There are 35 of these centres in Ontario. Services include emergency medical and nursing care, crisis intervention, forensic evidence collection, medical follow-up, and counselling. The website lists centres throughout Ontario and referral information.

Website: www.satcontario.com

Ontario Victim Services

The Ontario government has a Victim Services Directory (VSD) that helps abuse victims find programs and services in their communities. You can also talk to an information and referral counsellor by calling the Victim Support Line (VSL).

Toll-free (VSL): 1-888-579-2888

Toronto area (VSL): 416-314-2447

Website (VSD): services.findhelp.ca/ovss

One program offered by the Ontario government is the Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario (VCAO). Support services include attending on scene with the police to provide crisis support, safety planning, and referrals to counselling and other services.

The Victim Quick Response Program can help you access services for emergency expenses and counselling. For example, they can help with emergency home repairs, changing your locks, or replacing broken doors.

Another program offered by the Ontario government is the Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP). For more information about the VWAP program, click here. This program provides information and support throughout the criminal court process to victims and witnesses of crime. It is available in all 54 court districts in Ontario. You can call the Victim Support Line (VSL) or search the online Victim Services Directory (VSD) to find your local VWAP contact information.