The Violence Against Women Program offers individual and group counselling for women who have experienced verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and/or financial abuse in their spousal, common law and/or dating relationships. Group programs for children exposed to women abuse are also available. There is no fee for this service.
Counselling is provided for women & children who have experienced abusive relationships. The abuse suffered may include any of the following:
- Physical abuse – hitting, spitting, shoving, wounding, killing
- Sexual abuse – force or pressure to submit unwanted sexual acts
- Emotional abuse – insulting, undermining, isolating victim
- Psychological abuse – the domination of partner mentally or physically
- Financial abuse – withholding funds in order to control
Individual counselling and therapy services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each woman. Information on abuse, safety planning and community resources are also available within this program.
The goal of counselling is to help women understand what they can do to end the cycle of violence and keep themselves, and their children (if any) safe – whether they choose to stay in the relationship or whether they choose to end it.
Please note that we do not offer couple counselling if there is a recent history of abuse within the relationship. Research has demonstrated that couple counselling may be ineffective and potentially dangerous in these situations.
Women’s Group Programs
We also offer Women’s Group Programs for women who are dealing with the emotional impact of abusive relationships. These programs are designed to help decrease isolation and provide an opportunity to gain further insight into the experience and impact of living with abuse and control. They offer an opportunity to share experiences with other women, learn from each other, and develop skills to move forward with their lives.
We currently offer an Information/Support Group (eight 2-hour sessions) and a Women’s Support/Therapy Group. There is no fee for this service.
The Safety Zone
The Safety Zone Program provides children, teens and their mothers with safe, nurturing environments in which they can discuss the violence and abuse they have experienced. Separate groups for children, teens and their mothers are offered at the same time (twelve 2-hour sessions offered during the school year). For more information on the Safety Zone Program, please click here.