I Need Help

Have you been assaulted? Do you feel threatened? Are you questioning your relationship? Do you often feel criticized, put down or threatened by your partner? Does your partner push, shove or hit you? Is your partner ever possessive, jealous, or controlling? No one has the right to touch you or to force you into any sexual act. Everyone has the right to be asked for their consent.

Different forms of abuse include:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Verbal/emotional
  • Financial
  • Social
  • Internet
  • Harassment/stalking
  • Environmental
  • Ritual and cult
  • Spiritual/religious

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If you have been sexually assaulted or experienced abuse, here are some of your options:

1.Call someone you trust to support you

2. Call a crisis line:
Ontario Assaulted Women’s Helpline………… 24 hour 1(866) 863-0511 TTY 1(866) 863-7868
Ottawa 24 hour Information and Help…….…...24 hour (613) 745-4818
Ottawa Distress Centre………………………...24 hour (613) 238-3311
Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre…………………….24 hour (613) 562-2333 TTY (613) 562-3860
Sexual Assault Support Centre………………..24 hour (613) 234-2266 TTY (613) 725-1657

Fem'aide Crisis Line.........24 hour 1(877) 336-2433 ATS 1(866) 860-7082
CALACS Francophone d’Ottawa ………………613-789-9117
Francophone Sexual Assault Program………………… (613) 233-8478 TTY (613) 233-1866

3. Call the police services
Emergency……………………………………. 24 hour – 911
Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit…………613-236-1222 ext 5944
Victim Crisis Unit …………………………….613-236-1222 ext 5822

Partner Assault Unit..........................(613) 236-1222 ext 5407

4. Seek medical attention if needed
Adults: Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus……….24 hour (613) 761-4366 TTY (613) 761-4140
Children and Youth: Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
…………...………within 72 hours of assault – 24 hour (613) 737-2328
……………………over 72 hours after assault – 24 hour (613) 737-7600
Lanark County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence…… 24 hour (613) 283-2330 ext 1258

5. Call a shelter or Program Against Abuse
24 hour shelters:
Chrysalis House…………………………………………. (613) 591-5901 TTY (613) 591-8912
Interval House…………………………………………… (613) 234-5181 TTY (613) 234-5393
La Présence………………………………………………. (613) 241-8297
Lanark County Interval House…………………………… 1(800) 267-7946, (613) 257-5960 TTY (613) 257-1952
Maison d’Amitié………………………………………….. (613) 747-0020 TTY (613) 747-9116
Nelson House……………………………………………...(613) 225-3129 TTY (613) 225-4653
Oshki Kizis Lodge (for Aboriginal women)………………(613) 789-1141
Harmony House (daytime only)…………………………... (613) 233-3386
Evelyn Horne Emergency and Transitional Housing Program for Young Women….. (613) 789-8220
SafePet Ottawa (fosters pets for women while staying at a VAW shelter)

Programs Against Abuse

During business hours, you can call:
Carlington Community & Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 722-4000 TTY (613) 761-7633
Catholic Family Service Ottawa. . . (613) 233-8478 TTY (613) 233-1866
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre. . (613) 741-6025 TTY (613) 741-3556
Family Services à la famille Ottawa . (613) 725-3601 TTY (613) 725-3605
Immigrant Women Services Ottawa . . . . . . . . . . (613) 729-3145
Jewish Family Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 722-2225
Lanark County Interval House. . . . . .1-800-267-7946
Military Family Resource Centre . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 998-4888
Minwaashin Lodge (for Aboriginal women) . . . (613) 741-5590
Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre. (613) 596-5626
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. . . (613) 725-0202
Pinecrest-Queensway Health & Community Services. . (613) 820-4922
Somerset West Community Health Centre . . . . . . (613) 238-8210
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre . . . . . . (613) 591-3686 TTY (613) 591-0484

 

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Community Health and Resource Centres:
Centretown . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 233-4443 TTY (613) 233-0651
Orléans-Cumberland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 830-4357
Lowertown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 789-3930
Overbrook-Forbes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 745-0073
Sandy Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 789-6309
South East Ottawa. . (613) 737-5115 TTY (613) 739-8197
Vanier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (613) 744-2892
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. . . . . . . . . (613) 748-0657

Other Services

New Directions: Partner Assault Response Program............... (613) 233-8478

           -Help for abusive partners

Ottawa Victim Services................................(613) 238-2762 ext.226

            -Supportlink

            -Victim Quick Response Program

 

Safety if you stay:

  • Call 911 if you or your children are in danger
  • Tell someone you trust to call the police if they think you are in danger
  • Call a program against abuse, a counseling agency or a crisis line
  • Keep the telephone number of a shelter handy and make a plan in case you have to leave

Safety if you leave

  • Where can you go that is safe?
  • To a friend or relative’s house
  • To a shelter, safe home, motel or hotel
  • To another town or city
  • If you need help finding a safe place, call a counsellor

Planning to leave:

  • Go over your safety plan with a friend or counsellor to plan the safest way to leave
  • Get legal advice about getting a peace bond or restraining order to keep your abuser away from you
  • Call Social Services for information on financial assistance
  • Put some money away in a safe place
  • Get legal advice regarding the custody of your children
  • Take your children with you or leave them with someone safe
  • Leave an extra set of keys, copies of important documents and extra clothes with someone you trust

Plan for safety:

  • Leaving can be dangerous
  • Ensure safety with a court order
  • Keep your court order with you at all times; Leave extra copies at work, with a friend, in your car, etc.
  • Call the police every time your abuser breaks the court order
  • Tell family, friends and neighbours that you have a court order

For financial assistance:

To apply for financial assistance, call Central Intake at Employment and Financial Assistance (613) 560-6000 You will be assigned to a worker at one of the district offices. If you are already on assistance, you can call your worker directly for practical help.

Safety once you are on your own:

  • Get legal advice about custody, immigration and housing issues
  • Tell your neighbours and landlord that your abuser no longer lives with you
  • Tell them to call the police if they see your abuser near your home
  • Ask your landlord if you can change the locks on your doors and windows
  • Practice a safety plan with your children and tell the school or daycare who has permission to pick up your children (give them a copy of your Family Court papers if you have them)
  • Get an unlisted telephone number (there may be no charge if you tell them you are at risk)
  • If you are thinking of returning to your abuser, talk to someone about your safety
  • Think about joining a women’s support group or doing one-on-one counselling