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The aim of Family Service Toronto’s Violence against Women (VAW) program is to promote non-violence and to work towards the eventual elimination of violence against women. Underpinning all our violence against women work are the philosophies of feminism and of intersectionality and are implemented within an anti-oppressive, trauma and violence informed approach. Read VAW Intersectional Feminist Statement
The Violence Against Women (VAW) Program assists women who have experienced abuse during the course of their lives. Abuse may have occurred in childhood, during a past relationship, or it may be an ongoing concern in a current relationship”and a woman may have escaped abuse recently, last year, or a long time ago.
Our counselling services for women who have experienced any type of abuse, are available in English, Tamil, Somali, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Dari and Pashto and to all women who live and/or work in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
In the VAW program, although our primary focus is on the abuse women sustain from men with whom they are involved – or have been involved – in intimate relationship, we also provide services to women who have experienced abuse from other family members. Woman abuse spans a large range of possibilities and does not always end with a final incident of violence or abuse in a specific context. Even when the threat is gone, a woman who was victimized may spend years working through the effects of what she experienced. And multiple experiences may trigger earlier effects, causing deep tendrils of pain to infiltrate what appears to be a well-functioning exterior.
If you are in an abusive same-sex relationship, you may want to visit our David Kelly Services page
If you are a senior experiencing abuse please visit our Seniors and Caregivers Support Services page
We also provide counselling for women who have been labelled with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Please visit Women with Intellectual Disabilities page.
For more information, contact:
Woman abuse is defined as the intent by a man to intimidate and control his female partner, either by threat or by physical force on her person, her children, her pets or her property. The purpose of abuse is to induce fear and gain control. Underlying all abuse is a power imbalance between offender and victim.
If you are in danger now call 911.
If you are in crisis now, please call one of the following lines:
Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 416-863-0511
Distress Centre Line: 416-408-4357
Info & Resource Line: 211 – someone will direct you
FST-VAW Early Warning Signs quiz is a simple way for girls and women of all ages and abilities to determine if they are in an unhealthy or dangerous relationship. The content of the questions were informed by women who were in abusive relationship and what they said they experienced with their partners. Read or take the Early Warning Signs quiz, or download/print Early Warning Signs brochure.
To learn more about abuse please read VAW – Issues you may be facing
A new weekly group for women offered by Family Service Toronto – Violence Against Women program. Join us as we discuss the impact of abuse on us as mothers and parents.
Key topics that will be discussed are:
This is a safe and inclusive space for all women-identified parents.
Date & time: Dates to be announced
Location: Family Service Toronto, 128A Sterling Rd. Suite 202
Family Service Toronto – Violence Against Women Program is offering an 8-week self-compassion group for women-identified survivors of trauma. The group provides a supportive environment for women to cultivate a loving relationship with themselves, nurture resilience, and engage in creative self-expression. Download flyer
Dates: 2020 group to be announced
Location: Church St. (location is wheelchair accessible; no onsite parking)
Refreshments will be provided.
Child Care subsidy and TTC tokens available if needed.
Registration is required.
For more information/registration call our Service Access Unit at: 415 595 9618
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. For more agencies that provide support, please go to 211Toronto or call the helplines listed below.
Police and Ambulance
For non-emergency police matters call 416-808-2222
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Tel: 416-863-0511; TTY 416-364-8762
Hours: Monday – Sunday 24 hours: Service is provided in over 154 languages
Distress Centres 24 hours
Hours: Monday Sunday 24 Hours
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape
Tel: 416-597-8808; TTY 416-597-1214
Hours: Crisis Line Monday-Sunday 24 hours
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic: Offers legal representation and professional counselling to women who have experienced violence.
Scarborough Women’s Centre: A women’s resource centre which provides information, education and support services to assist survivors of abuse.
YWCA Toronto: Provides an array of programs for women who are being abused, including a loan program, group programs, housing support and community events
Victim Services Program of Toronto: This agency provides crisis intervention, safety planning, and support immediately after an incident
Please use discretion when going to these sites; for your safety, make a plan to empty your browser.
Amnesty International: Activism revolving around putting a stop to violence against women around the world.
Canadian Domestic Violence and Abuse Agencies List: Global inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organizations
Health Canada: Violence Against Women: Information provided by Health Canada regarding Violence Against Women
Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women: Local community agency providing legal/safety information
White Ribbon Campaign: Men working to end men’s violence against women.