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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Crisis Support for Abused Women & Seniors Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Isolation has long been a red flag in abusive relationships.  A favourite in the abuser’s toolkit as a way to exert control and create distance between a woman and her friends and family.  But what happens when isolation and social distancing are imposed out of necessity?  Where can women turn for support?  And what of Seniors who are so vulnerable to abuse when socially isolated?

During this time of crisis and uncertainty, the Assaulted Women’s Helpline (AWHL) and the Senior Safety Line (SSL) remain committed to delivering our 24/7 crisis counselling for women and seniors in the province of Ontario.  As more community services reduce their hours or close their doors over the next few weeks, our crisis lines remain open and our dedicated counsellors are ready to help support women and seniors throughout this chaotic period.  Sadly we have seen an increase in the number of calls that simply cannot get through because our lines are at capacity. As we may be the only place for women and seniors to turn for emotional support and crisis intervention during this extraordinary time, this is deeply concerning. 

Like so many organizations providing critical social services we know the very real economic impact faced by individuals and businesses will have a detrimental effect on our ability both now and in the months to come to raise funds.  Already we have placed some programs on hold and others may need to be reconsidered as limits are imposed on gatherings.  And yet, those funds will be desperately needed to meet the increase in calls we are experiencing now and the increase we anticipate once the long slow economic recovery begins.  

To our valued supporters, we thank you for ensuring that we are able to be there for women and seniors in the darkest of times.

Crisis Line:

  • GTA: 416-863-0511
  • GTA TTY: 416-364-8762
  • TOLL-FREE: 1-866-863-0511
  • TOLL FREE TTY: 1-8666-863-7868
  • #SAFE (#7233) on your Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus Mobile

Senior Safety Line

TOLL-FREE:  1-866-299-1011

 

 

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The Assaulted Women’s Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all woman who have experienced abuse. We provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals. We recognize abuse as one example of women’s social, political and economic inequality in the world...

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The Assaulted Women’s Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all woman who have experienced abuse. We provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals. We recognize abuse as one example of women’s social, political and economic inequality in the world. The Helpline is dedicated to working towards equality for all women.

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The Need Explained

More than 50% of Canadian women over the age of 16 have been victims of physical or sexual violence- at any stage in their lives*. Violence against women affects all cultures, ages, religions, sexual orientations, psychological, physical, sexual, financial and neglect.

The demand for our crisis line continues to grow year after year, and with your support you can help us ensure we are here for women when they need us.

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*According to Statistics Canada

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