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Services offered by Women’s House

In-House Safe Shelter Services

Women’s House is a safe, secure and supportive environment with room to accommodate up to 13 women and children. It is a place where all women and children in need will be helped. It is also available for women who find themselves in a housing crisis. It is a co-operative setting where all women participate in household chores and meal preparations. Women’s House is accessible to the physically challenged, infants and children. Women’s House offers counselling for in-house clients and 24 hour supportive crisis lines. During their stay at Women’s House, women and children have the opportunity to access counselling regarding their abuse issues. Both individual and group counselling is available, free of charge. As well as counselling, women receive help in accessing the services of a variety of community agencies, including legal aid, housing, social assistance, other counselling services, medical help and other services as required.

In-House Child and Youth Program

Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey provides an in-house Child and Youth Counsellor who offers crisis support counselling, safety planning and programming for the children and youth during their stay. The Child and Youth Counsellor develops programs which are appropriate to the child’s developmental and emotional needs. In particular supportive counselling is available for the children who have experienced or witnessed violence in their home. Our Child and Youth Counsellor also works with mothers during their stay at Women’s House to provide support and guidance in the areas of child management and development.

24 Hour Crisis Lines

Calls to Women’s House 24 hour, 7 days per week crisis lines are always answered by a trained, supportive counsellor. Callers do not have to give their names, and we do not subscribe to call display. Confidentiality is of utmost importance. This service is Women’s House most used service, receiving between 1500 to 2000 calls per year. Counselling by phone and appropriate referrals are given to callers in an effort to help women in crisis obtain the best possible service from whatever their location. Our local crisis line number is 1-519-396-9655. Our toll free crisis line number is 1-800-265-3026 and can be accessed anywhere in the 519 area code.

Child Witness Program

Facilitated by partnerships among Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey, Women’s Centre in Owen Sound, Bruce Grey Children’s Centre and The Children’s Aid Society, the Child Witness Program offers services to children and mothers who have experienced woman abuse. The program offers individual counselling for children between the ages of 4 and 16 in addition to group counselling. The program offers children a chance to heal from the experience of witnessing woman abuse and meet other children who have also experienced family violence. The Child Witness Program gives mothers the chance to be supported as they help their children heal.

Community Counselling

Women’s House offers individual counselling to women in the Bruce and Grey Counties. These services are available free of charge. These counselling services are for women 16 years and over who are experiencing abuse or healing from abuse.Our Community Counselling services also include support groups which provide a safe environment for women to meet and talk to heal from abuse. Some examples of past support groups are “Changing Relationship Patterns” and “Self Esteem”. In addition, from time to time there are a number of workshops offered to deal with specific issues. Child-care and transportation can be arranged free of charge for your counselling appointments if done in advance.

Transitional Support Program

The aim of this program is to assist women in developing a transition plan towards a non-violent, non-abusive life in the community. This includes developing a safety plan and seeking out available support systems. Our Transitional Support Worker will assist women in developing a Transition Plan which may include referrals to other agencies in the community. The Transitional Support Worker will also assist a woman by acting as an advocate on her behalf in seeking assistance and tapping resources within the community in the areas of housing, education, job training, income support, legal aid and legal representation, Children’s Aid advocacy, transportation and child care. This group offers its members a forum in which they can discuss their current concerns. Members learn how to cope more effectively with their issues, and will be given the opportunity to build skills through the support of other members. Free Childcare and transportation is available for women attending the Transitional Support Group if arrangements are made by calling Women’s House in advance.