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   

    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.

      Most 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: 25/06/2020