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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.

Police and Ambulance
Call 911 (voice or TTY)
For non-emergency police matters call 416-808-2222

Assaulted Women's Helpline
Hours: Monday - Sunday 24 hours
Tel: 416-863-0511; TTY 416-364-8762

The Assaulted Women's Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's a free and confidential service that offers telephone crisis counselling, information and emotional support, referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and services and community services as well as culturally appropriate resources for abused women. Service is provided in over 151 languages.

Victim Services Program of Toronto
Tel: 416-808-7066

The Victim Services Program of Toronto provides crisis intervention and referral program, both on the scene and by telephone. After police officers screen and assess the case, community workers attend the scene where appropriate. Crisis counselling, support, mediation, referrals to community agencies, interpretation and court support are also available.

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape
Hours: Crisis Line Monday-Sunday 24 hours
Tel: 416-597-8808; TTY 416-597-1214
The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre provides crisis intervention and culturally sensitive counselling, support and referrals for survivors of rape/ sexual assault/ incest. Support for families and friends of survivors.

Family Service Toronto (FST)
David Kelley Lesbian and Gay Community Counselling Program
355 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1Z8
Tel: 416-595-9618

The David Kelley Lesbian and Gay Community Counselling Services at FST offers counselling and other supports to gay men, lesbians and other members of the queer community who are in abusive same-sex relationships.

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 - 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
  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

Government of Ontario: Preventing Violence Against Women

  • definitions of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and criminal harassment
  • provides fact sheets and statistics
  • provides a guide to government services that would be useful to someone who has or is experiencing domestic violence

Dawn Ontario: Disabled Women's Network Ontario

  • information for women with disabilities that are being abused by partners
  • links provided for several areas such as legal help, housing help, financial assistance help, etc.


  • information for those who are concerned about their privacy when viewing any website regarding violence or domestic abuse

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

  • Discusses issues affecting women in Canada as well as barriers that women sometimes face in terms of employment, education, and poverty
  • Discusses issues of violence against women as well as a new strategy surrounding awareness and prevention of violence against women
  • Includes success stories from women who have survived violence


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