Services by topic - Abuse and Family Violence
To find services in your area that can help you, dial 211 on your phone or visit 211 Ontario at www.211ontario.ca.
The Ontario government has a Victim Services Directory 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 at 1-888-579-2888.
The Assaulted Women's 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.
Fem'aide is a helpline for Francophone women in Ontario seeking support, referrals, and information on woman abuse, including sexual assault, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Victims of domestic violence may be able to get a legal aid certificate on an emergency basis from Legal Aid Ontario. Victims of domestic violence can ask a women's shelter or community legal clinic for authorization for a free two-hour consultation with an immigration or family lawyer. For more information, see Legal Aid Ontario. To find the community legal clinic for your area, you can check the Legal Aid Ontario web site and enter your postal code or see Services by type - Legal Clinics - General Service.
If you have experienced sexual abuse and live in Toronto, Ottawa, or Thunder Bay, you might be able to get 4 hours of free advice from a lawyer. You have to complete a voucher request form. Or you can call the Independent Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program at 1-855-226-3904 to find out more.
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic provides free legal representation in family and immigration law, as well as counselling and language interpreter services for women who experience physical, sexual, or psychological abuse. They also give summary advice and advocacy in criminal law. They accept collect calls.
Luke’s Place provides pro bono legal advice to women in Durham Region who have experienced violence and are involved in family court. Luke’s Place also delivers legal training to community workers and can refer women to family court advocates across the province.
211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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