December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Vigils will be held through the Gravenhurst Women's Centre, and at Spirit Bear Bed and Breakfast in Bracebridge from 3-5 pm, all welcomed.
On this day, we specifically honour the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit folks, who form the largest group affected by gender based violence through the ongoing impact of colonization.
AGENCY Covid-19 Update:
We are following health directions and our staff are working from home but all our programs are running virtually. We will be able to help with access to technology if you need this - contact us about this too, we are able to provide you with a way to access us.
If you need to reach us immediately call our 24/7 Women's Sexual Assault Help line at 1 800 461-2929. Your counselor will be calling you at your regular individual appointment time, and our groups are now running online. Office messages are checked daily and new referrals will be responded to shortly. Stay well, follow our social media for assistance with social isolation activities. Don't hesitate to call if you need to speak with us.
New! OFFICE Update
In spring 2021, we made the decision to close our Parry Sound office, after learning we had more client involvement in the region by making a switch to virtual appointments and groups. We still continue to work with Parry Sound clients, so contact us if you wish some support or have a question? We will plan some in person events in the upcoming year as well. In December 2021, we will be joining VAWCC partners in person, and Suzanne Smoke is hosting a number of regional events.
Call our land line 705 646-2122 OR 1 800 406-1268
OR text Linda our intake worker at 705 394-4089 if you'd like to connect with us for the first time.
Leave a message and we will return your call in 1-2 business days!
New! - Safe Support Chat
We are now offering an online chat service. You will be able to chat with a counselor, anonymously. We don't know your IP address or URL - chat safely with one of our counsellors. Click the floating chat link to find out more. Hours are available days and most evenings! We are here for you! If you see the bubble, click it!
Gender Based Violence - Covid-19 Resource Link
A Message from the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Support for survivors of sexual violence in our communities continues. Ontario sexual assault centres are operating, with some modifications to services that include the closure of their physical offices. Learn more and find your local sexual assault centre here.
Some Facts: Global Emergencies, Pandemics and Gender
Public health outbreaks have a gendered impact on women and girls.
Women and girls' roles in the home and community can increase their exposure to COVID-19 in ways that others may not experience: for example, women and girls often have ongoing domestic and care responsibilities. In paid work, women commonly have roles as frontline health professionals, in hospitality, as cleaners, as personal support workers in health environments, and as social sector responders, among others.
We also know that crisis events such as pandemics tend to worsen pre-existing social and economic vulnerabilities. Racialized communities, those living in poverty “and other groups that have traditionally been marginalized, tend to be harmed by a disaster more” than others, and have less access to helping resources; women face similar protection risks, “including sexual exploitation and abuse, unequal access to assistance, discrimination in aid provision…and violence” .
The economic fallout from business closures, job loss and other impacts can also lead to increased
household stress. This reality “can (1) increase the risk for intimate partner violence, (2) lead to risky coping strategies including survival sex, early/forced marriage, and (3) increase the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse”.
These phenomenon and potential harms are all informed by gender.