Programs & Services

COVID-19 Update: YWCA Peterborough Haliburton support and crisis services for women who experience violence are still available. Crossroads ShelterHERS – Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace and our 24 Hour Support & Crisis Line remain open.

While our offices are closed to the public, our support teams are working remotely and will continue to provide assistance by phone, text and email during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm). View our full update here.

For well over a century, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton has been a leader in providing women who experience gender-based violence with a path to safety and the opportunity for a fresh start.

Our services provide a range of options and entry points, helping women gain the right kind of support at the right time in their journey.

All services are free, confidential and woman-centred.

Services for Women in Crisis

Information, resources and support

Personalized support, safety planning and referrals by phone, text or email for women who have experienced gender-based violence and their friends and family

24 Hour Support & Crisis Line

START – Support Team for Abuse Response Today

Transition & Family Court Support – Peterborough

Transition Support, Clinical Therapy and Family Law Information & Support – Women’s Centre of Haliburton County


Crossroads Shelter
Emergency shelter, meals and support for women and children fleeing violence and abuse of any kind

HERS – Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace
Independent living units for women and children fleeing violence and abuse of any kind

Services for Women & Families

Nourish – Belonging Through Food
A collaborative approach to growing access to healthy, locally-produced food, food literacy and food advocacy

Hazel Education Bursary
Financial support to help women who have experienced gender-based violence to reach their goals through education or training

Centennial Crescent Housing
Second-stage housing for women-led families impacted by violence and abuse

Youth Program
Programming for youth with a focus on healthy relationships and self-esteem

Our programs rely on donor funding for their operation. As government and other agency funding is decreasing, the demand for our services is increasing. To find out more about how you can help bridge this gap and change the lives of countless women and children in our communities, please contact us.