Child & Family Services

Violence Against Women

Our Violence Against Women Program offers safety planning, crisis intervention, solution-based counselling, transitional planning, and advocacy services to women living in the Thorncliffe Park area who have experienced abuse.

There is also a women’s support group which meets every other week providing women with a safe place to connect with each other in order to share information, raise awareness, regain strength, alleviate isolation, and heal from the oppression of abuse by developing coping and recovery skills. Clients participate in art therapy activities, group discussions, specialized yoga sessions, and field trips.

Contact:

For more information please contact 416-421-8997

Participating and benefiting from Violence Against Women support group has positively impacted my life in so many different ways. I plan to reinvent myself after going through many phases of emotional breakdown in life. In order to achieve this goal, I can’t deny the importance of free VAW program organized by Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office.

The group meets alternative weeks and all members and facilitators work together as a team. The two-hour long support group sessions provide a unique platform to women for socializing and for learning new skills. Whether it is learning about developing a new business plan, doing yoga, going on trips with group members, making jewellery or trying fun pottery, every session is planned with the intention to provide women with an opportunity to try different things and find their true potential. Though all of my group fellows are from different cultural backgrounds and have different past life experiences, I have always found them very friendly, respectful, and compassionate. A glimpse into the past couple of months of my life gives me this unbelievable sense of accomplishment whose credit goes to the support I received from my counsellor, supportive group members, and all the inspirational guest speakers who joined the sessions. I highly recommend the VAW support group to every woman.

Day of Remembrance, December 2012
“We commemorated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, marking the Montreal Massacre—the shooting death of 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. The gunman, Mark LePine, specifically targeted female students who were aspiring towards a degree in engineering. Canadians realized that despite living in a relatively peaceful country, there’s still a lot to be done in terms of addressing violence against women.

Several dozen Thorncliffe Park residents met in the Youth Office to commemorate the shooting. Among the crowd were many newcomers, many of whom learned about the tragedy for the first time. The gathering was an opportunity to discuss the broader issue of violence against women. After the walk, the crowd headed back inside the Youth Centre for more hot chocolate and a series of guest speakers. Several young women from the community gave presentations, including Mashal Ahmazai, who read a poem, “I Got Flowers Today.” Saif Shah, a student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and a member of the school’s Stand up Against Violence Group, addressed the crowd briefly and made it clear he was part of a new generation of young men who wouldn’t tolerate violence against women.

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