Sexual Assault Network - Let's end sexual violence

CRISIS SERVICES

Are you a survivor of sexual violence? Are you supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence? A goal of SAN is to provide information on city-wide resources such as counselling services, 24 hour crisis lines and support groups.

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and visible minority women. We create opportunities for women as they integrate into a new society, rebuild their lives free of violence, and achieve their personal goals.

They offer services such as:

  • Crisis intervention;
  • Short-term counselling;
  • Therapeutic counselling;
  • Women support groups;
  • Children who witness violence program;
  • Housing and transitional support program;
  • Information and referrals;
  • Advocacy and legal clinics;

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  • A nurse will be paged to the emergency room and will arrive within 1 hour. For women who have experienced a sexual assault/abuse within 14 days.
  • Crisis counselling, individual counselling,
  • Follow-up clinic.

Emergency room, follow-up clinic and crisis counselling - (613) 761-4366; TTY: (613) 761-4140


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  • Investigating sexual assaults including;
  • Investigating incidents of child abuse and neglect including sexual assault;
  • Incidents of Online Child Exploitation, child pornography, and luring are investigated by Internet Child Exploitation (ICE)
  • In partnership with other Ottawa Police sections and units such as the Victim Crisis Unit, providing counseling, assessment and referral services to people and/or youth who are victims of sexual assault or abuse;
  • Providing an anonymous reporting system for victimized sex trade workers.
  • Collaborating with other social service agencies to provide education and awareness programs on matters pertaining to sexual assault, child abuse and related issues.

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  • Short and long term counselling support for women who have experienced sexual violence
  • 24-hour crisis line
  • group counselling
  • accompaniment to hospital, police, and court, public education services.
  • Offers accompaniment to the hospital, police & court.

24-hour Crisis Line: (613) 562-2333.
Counselling, accompaniment, public education services: (613) 562-2334


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  • Offers the Court Accompaniment Program which provides emotional and practical support to women who have experienced partner violence and who are attending family or criminal court proceedings.
  • Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) -provides timely financial assistance to eligible individuals who have been victimized by violent crime (homicide, attempted murder, serious physical assault, domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crime) and/or their family members.
  • Supportlink is a joint initiative of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Victim Services Secretariat, Ericsson Communications and Rogers/At & T Wireless. Supportlink offers personalized safety planning, referrals for ongoing support and a 911 cell phone to qualified individuals.
  • Victim Crisis and Referral Services (VCARS) is a program that consists of community volunteers in partnership with VCARS staff assisting Police and community service providers in meeting short-term practical and emotional needs of individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance, and their longer-term needs by referral to appropriate existing community agencies.
  • VCARS offers crisis intervention services to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  • Individual and group counselling support for women who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Accompaniment for women who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Crisis counselling.
  • Legal advocacy.

24-hour Crisis Line (613) 234-2266
Individual/Group counselling (613) 725-2160


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Services offered in French only.

  • Accompaniment for women who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Emotional support, information and referrals, advocacy and safety planning.
  • Crisis Counselling also available through the Vanier Community Service Centre.

Contact: (613) 744-2892


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One of ten Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC), the award-winning Wabano Centre provides a wide range of medical clinics, social services and support, and youth programs for Ottawa’s 40,000+ Indigenous people.

All services are based on implementing best practices for community health care, and Wabano also incorporates the teachings, culture, and traditions of Indigenous people.

The Wabano Centre is an urban health centre that:

  • Provides quality, holistic, culturally relevant health services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities of Ottawa;
  • Engages in clinical, social, economic and cultural initiatives that promote the health of all Aboriginal people;
  • Promotes community-building through education and advocacy; and,
  • Serves as a centre of excellence for urban Aboriginal health.

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Crisis counselling for young women aged 12 to 20 who are staying on-site.

Other services for women staying on-site: referrals, links to financial services, case management, individual counselling accessed through the Youth Services Bureau.
Contact: (613) 789-8220


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