• A safe house for women and children who are victims of domestic violence • Emergency Exit

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Housing for women

Our shelter is a safe place where families can feel welcome and comfortable. Each resident and her children are given a private room.

Picture:  Laurelou Hélie.

The shelter also features common areas (kitchen, dining room, games room, and backyard) that help to foster dialogue among the families and with our counsellors. Also available for residents are two computers with access to the Internet.

Picture:  Laurelou Hélie.

As soon as a woman arrives at the shelter, she meets with a counsellor. By meeting with her resident on a regular basis, the counsellor is able to set up an intervention plan that is quickly put into action. This allows the resident to feel less stressed. Our workers offer daily support to our residents, who are then able to break the cycle of domestic violence at their own pace. Throughout this process, we remain aware of the potential threat from violent spouses and implement protective measures whenever required.

Picture:  Laurelou Hélie.

Our goal is to empower our residents by implementing an intervention plan. For this reason, we believe it is important to inform them of their rights and to familiarize them with their various avenues of recourse. Our residents receive the assistance and support of our workers throughout the processes they must undertake.

Below is a list of common procedures our residents take on:

  • Retrieving personal belongings at the woman’s old place of residence, thanks to a formal agreement we have with the police
  • Obtaining a legal aid mandate
  • Setting up appointments with a lawyer
  • Accompanying our residents to civil and criminal courts
  • Assisting with social assistance procedures, such as applying for welfare
  • Opening a bank account
  • Assisting in the completion of forms, including Crime Victims’ Compensation Act, low-rental housing, cooperative housing, and child assistance measures
  • Assisting in dealing with immigration services
  • Setting up appointments with other professionals in the institutional or private healthcare system, including physicians, social workers, and psychologists
  • Assisting in dealing with community-based agencies
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