Finding Calm After the Storm
An art-based support group run by the Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator. This 8-week closed group offers two-hour sessions focusing on self-care, regulation and support through artistic expression and psychoeducation for individuals who have had an experience with sexual violence (current, or past).
If you are interested or would like to find out more information, please contact Larisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer 2 Peer Support Drop-In Space
Sexual Violence Support and Education has a Peer 2 Peer Drop-In Space on and off campus. Our Peer Support Team is ready to listen, answer questions, and be there for whatever support you need. Our team is trained in receiving sexual violence disclosures, Mental Health First Aid, and suicide prevention. Come if you need to talk, relax, get away from an unsafe space, or just heal.
- Drop by in person from September-April: Thistle 126A
- We are working on putting together an online space. Please check back at a late date for updates, or contact Larisa if you need someone to talk to.
Niagara Region Shelters
Gillian’s Place in St. Catharines offers support for women and children who have experienced abuse. They run a shelter for women with and without children, they provide free individual and group counselling, and a 24/7 support and information line.
- 24/7 support line: 905-684-8331
- Pour le support en Français: 1-877-336-2433
Women’s Place of South Niagara offers support and services for women and children around the entire Niagara Region. This resource provides free shelters, counselling, education and advocacy. They also have 24/7 confidential call and text support lines.
YWCA St. Catharines and Niagara both offer emergency homeless shelters for women and children. They run 365 days a year, 24/7. If you need support:
- Niagara Falls
- Call: 905-988-3528 x4025
- Address: 6135 Culp St., Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 2B6
- St. Catharines
- Call: 905-988-3528 and dial 0
- Address: 183 King St., St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 3J5
Abbey House provides safe transitional living for Indigenous women and children in Niagara. They also provide many resources for Indigenous women and children, such as cultural teachings, cultural sensitivity, talking circles, crisis intervention, peer counseling, and much more.
Hamilton’s Women’s Centre offers interval housing and shelters to women and children, a crisis line, education, counselling, legal advocacy services, and more. Please refer to the contact information below for details:
The Native Women’s Centre provides safe, emergency shelter for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law.
- 24/7 crisis line: 1-888-308-6559
- General phone line: 905-664-1114