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Service Update Regarding Covid-19 as of March 26, 2020

We have modified our services in order to promote self-isolation and social distancing in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, however we are still providing essential services. We are doing our best to ensure that we maintain the safety and security of women and children in Shelter, as well as our staff members who must remain on site to provide support in the Shelter and maintain our crisis lines.

We recognize that in times of stress and uncertainty, our services are required more than ever in our community. When a woman is in a home that is unsafe, the practice of self-isolation can put her at further risk for domestic violence, can create less opportunity for her to get the support she needs, and can make it even more difficult to leave an unsafe situation.

All staff at Women’s House who have the ability to work remotely will be doing so. Outreach Services are being offered in a remote capacity, and are providing services by phone and email.

The Shelter and crisis lines remain operational, and we have taken the following measures to ensure staff and resident safety:

• Increased sanitation and infection control measures have been put in place and social distancing practices have been implemented for staff and residents.
• At this time, we are unable to accept in kind donations at our shelter. Financial donations can be accepted via direct mail or online through CanadaHelps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15772
• Guests will not be provided access to the Shelter at this time.

Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors


Did you know? Sexual assault cases are not always resolved through the criminal justice system.

Canadian research shows that only 33 out of every 1,000 sexual assault cases are reported to the police. While it is important that survivors of sexual violence have access to the legal system, they may also need other kinds of supports.


For survivors of sexual violence, it means…

Being believed: feeling believed and reassured that they are not to blame for what happened

(Violence Against Women Learning Network, 2012: 27)

Trauma-informed: support people understand how trauma impacts survivors and the ways they cope

Culturally safe services: survivors identify that they need support people who understand their community identity (e.g., LGBTTIQQ2SAA+, Indigenous, Francophone, faith-based identity)

A variety of helpful options: crisis, ongoing support, help navigating systems

Dedicated sexual assault services: support by folks who know about sexual violence and its impacts.



This infographic was compiled by Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, using data from an external review of sexual violence services in Ontario (Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment Counselling Services and Helplines. Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women. 2017[1]).

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, go to: www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/support

[1] Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women and Shore Consulting. November 2017. Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment Counselling Services and Helplines: Report. p. 6-7, 10.

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce

Sexual violence is a problem. One in six women and one in five men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes. Those experiences have serious and long lasting impacts but they are seldom acknowledged or discussed. Violence Prevention Grey Bruce is launching a social media campaign to change that. May is sexual assault prevention month and Violence Prevention Grey Bruce will release information every day until June to encourage the local conversation about sexual violence, how our community can respond, and what we can do to prevent it. www.violencepreventiongreybruce.com