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Assaulted Women's Helpline

The Helpline provides crisis counselling and referrals to shelters, legal advice, and other services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for women across Ontario. It is free and available in over 200 languages.

There are 27 agencies across Ontario that provide transitional housing to abused women and their children funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. To access these services, contact the Assaulted Women's Helpline.

Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511
Toronto area: 416-863-0511
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-863-7868
Toronto area TTY: 416-364-8762
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This helpline is for Francophone women in Ontario seeking support, referrals to other French language services, and information on woman abuse, including sexual assault. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Toll-free: 1-877-336-2433
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-860-7082

211 Ontario

This website is an online resource to help people find community and social services available across Ontario.

The 211 resource includes a 24-hour telephone referral service for all types of social services. It is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and in more than 150 languages.

Telephone: 211