COVID-19: Violence Against Women and Children/ Gender Based Violence

Call 911 right away if you feel you are in immediate danger or are injured.

Home isn’t always the safest place.  Physical distancing can make living with violence or abuse even more difficult. BUT, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

HELP IS STILL AVAILABLE. Women’s Shelters and other supports are still open. 

For 24/7 call, chat or text support

Talk 4 Healing   

  • Call or Text: 1-855-554-HEAL(4325) in 14 Indigenous languages
  • Live Chat: Talk 4 Healing Chat

Assaulted Women's Helpline

  • 1-866-863-0511

Kids Help Phone 

  • Call Toll-Free: 1-800-668-6868
  • Text CONNECT to 686868 (don’t need a data plan, Internet connection or an app to text)

24/7 Help in Thunder Bay and District

Faye Peterson Transition House Women’s Shelter

Beendigen Women’s Crisis Home

  • Call: 807-346-HELP (4357)
  • Toll-Free: 1-888-200-9997 

Geraldton Family Resource Centre & Women's Shelter

  • Call: 807-854-1529
  • Toll-Free: 1-800-363-4588

Marathon - Marjorie House

  • Call: 807-229-2222

Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program

Geraldton District Hospital

  • (807) 854-1862

Manitouwadge District Hospital

  • (807) 826-3251

McCausland Hospital

  • (807) 825-3273

Nipigon District Hospital

  • (807) 887-3026

Wilson Memorial General Hospital

  • (807) 229-1740

Many women, girls, trans and non-binary people face a heightened risk of violence at home with COVID-19 isolation and physical distancing measures. Domestic violence is a form of gender-based violence that often plays out at home. It includes intimate partner violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, child abuse and elder abuse. Abuse can be experienced physically, sexually, emotionally or financially.

Local women’s services are still answering phones and emails, even if remotely. Women’s Shelters, Talk 4 Healing Help Line and Victim Witness Assistance are continuing to work with women experiencing violence. Guidelines are in place for Women’s Shelters to alleviate exposure of women and their children to COVID-19 as well to ensure those who are symptomatic receive proper support and care.

Last Updated: 15/10/2020