COVID-19 Violence Against Women Services

Bethesda House, The Denise House, Herizon House, Y’s Wish:April 24th, 2020

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the essential services of the four “Violence Against Women” (VAW) shelters in Durham Region are open to support women with and without children who are experiencing violence and abuse. We manage our bed counts and capacity issues daily and the availability of beds can change frequently. We do not want the fear that a bed might not be available to stop a woman from reaching out to us for the specialized support we can provide.

Our trained and experienced counselors are there to take their calls 24/7, helping them identify their options and resources.

Women can reach us at…
The Denise House
905-728-7311 or 1 – 800 -263 – 3725
Y’sWISH
905 576 2997 or 1 – 888 – 576 – 2997
Herizon House
905-426-1064 or 1 – 866 – 437 – 4066
Bethesda House
905-623-6045 or 1 – 800 – 338 – 3397

Durham Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Line: 905 668 9200July 13th

Our counselling services are for women and women-identified survivors of sexual violence who are 16 years of age and older. Currently we are intaking new clients and offering individual and group counselling on phone or secure video. (Clients can also begin intake but defer if they prefer to wait for in-person counselling sessions.)

Our Intake Worker, is Michaela and she can be reached at 905 444 9672 ext: 25 or (the best way) her e-mail is michaela@drcc.ca. Our current wait time for individual counselling is 3 – 4 months, however once clients begin intake they can join groups (currently we have a meditation, yoga, youth survivors, and survivors circle all via zoom.) These services are between 9 – 5, Monday –Friday.

Our crisis and support line is for any survivor of sexual violence aged 16 or older. It operates 24/7 and staffed by trained volunteers. The number is 905 668 9200.

Our email address is also available at info@drcc.ca for general information or information about public education.

VAW Assistance Victim Services
905-441-9202
Ontario Works in Whitby

905-666-6239
July 13th

In response to VAW shelters being at capacity and the additional complications resulting from Covid-19 there is funding available to help women access safe hotel/motel rooms.

Victims of gender-based violence or trafficking who are in need of emergency accommodation can call, during normal business hours:
Victim Services at 905-441-9202 or
Ontario Works in Whitby at 905-666-6239

Victim Services of Durham RegionKira McDonald at
905.441.9202
Hailey Collins at 905.925.7202
July 16th

Victim Services of Durham Region (VSDR) is supporting individuals and families victimized by gender- based violence. Clients will be supported by VSDR and connected to appropriate community partners which could include, Income Support, Housing Services, and Shelter Outreach Workers.

Victim Services of Durham Region is no longer accepting new clients into our Hotel Program (Safe Accommodation Program). All clients who are currently supported in hotels through the program will remain in the program until their pre-determined check-out date, and then supported in finding longer term housing. The program will conclude at the end of July 2020.

For emergency accommodation needs 24/7 please contact one of Durham’s VAW shelters.

Victim Services of Durham Region continues to support clients in accessing emotional support, connecting clients to services, and VQRP+ resources. Please call us at 905-721-4226.

The Eligibility Criteria for Accessing this Program Includes:
•Client (inclusive of client and children) is a victim of gender-based violence
with a current threat for their safety in their current place of residence
•Client would be appropriate to refer to a shelter if available
•Client is a Durham Region resident
•Clients do NOT need prior connections with Income Support, DRPS, etc. to
access this funding

To Access this Program:
Calls for general Victim Services support can be made to our mainline at 905-721-4226

DRIVEN905-432-7233July 13th

DRIVEN is open every Monday, excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30am 4:30 pm.

DRIVEN operates under a hub model of service, providing wrap around support to any individual that identifies as female and has been affected by any form of gender-based violence. During COVID-19, we are still available to provide phone support on Mondays. Our phone number is 905-432-7233.

Our email is info@durhamdriven.com. It’s important to note that our phone and email are not monitored Tues-Fri.

DRIVEN provides a number of supports including housing, counselling, safety planning, connection to legal support, connection to financial support, connection to settlement and newcomer support, connection to employment support, and many other supports through our on-site and off-site partners.

Consolidated Violence Against Women (VAW) Emergency ResponseJuly 13th

A full list of violence against women resources available during the COVID 19 crisis is available at Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham. http://www.vpccdurham.org/covid19