There are shelters where people who understand your situation can help you and give you a place to stay. There may be other women with children there who have left abusive relationships and are making decisions about their next steps. Counselling is available for you and there are programs for children. They are safe and secure places to stay. There is no charge to stay there.
You might want to stay with family or friends, but be careful about staying with someone who does not fully understand the situation. They might encourage you to return to your partner, which could lead to more violence. Think about whether you will feel safer with friends or at a shelter. Your partner might be able to find you if you stay with someone he knows.
The resource below provides detailed information on a range of legal issues for women who are being abused.
To find services that can help you in your area, dial 211 on your phone (available in most areas of Ontario) or visit 211 Ontario at www.211ontario.ca. This web site is an online resource to help you find services available in Ontario.
Assaulted Women's Helpline
The Helpline provides crisis counselling, emotional support, and referrals to shelters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for women across Ontario. It is available in 154 languages.
Toronto area: 416-863-0511
Toll-free TTY 1-866-863-7868
TTY Toronto area: 416-364-8762
Web site: www.awhl.org
For general information on Abuse and Family Violence visit: Violence in the Family.
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