Women’s Centre of Haliburton County

COVID-19 Update: YWCA Peterborough Haliburton support and crisis services for women who experience violence are still available. HERS – Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace, Crossroads Shelter 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.

We’re here to listen, to help a woman see her own strength and to provide resources that will help her find safer ways of moving forward in her life.

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Transition Support

We offer free, confidential support to women who are concerned about the health of their relationship or are planning to leave an abusive situation:

  • support by phone or in person with flexible meeting arrangements at safe locations throughout Haliburton County
  • safety assessment and risk management
  • accompaniment Court Support for Criminal and Family Court matters
  • accompaniment to appointments and case conferences
  • housing information (rent-geared-to-income/social housing, market rent and referrals to Homelessness Coordination Response team – HCRT)
  • transportation to appointments
  • emergency transportation to safety
  • support and information about navigating systems such as: Ontario Works and Ontario Disability, Family Court and Criminal Court, and Children’s Aid Society
  • information to help better understand the effects of violence and trauma, both on women and children

Clinical Therapy

We offer group and individual counselling/therapy for women who are seeking clinical support for issues relating to  trauma, abuse, historical or recent sexual violence that may be impacting them and their relationships.

This is a joint program through the YWCA and the Women’s Health Care Centre of Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Family Law Information & Support

Virtual Legal Clinic

In partnership with Luke’s Place, we arrange and offer support for women to have a web based meeting with a Family Law Lawyer with knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of women fleeing abuse.

Family Law Lawyer

A Family Law Lawyer attends the Women’s Centre and can provide women with information on site. We can also offer women a list of Family Law Lawyers and provide a 2 hour free Legal Aid Form for women who want to secure a lawyer to help them with Child Custody and Access, Human Trafficking or Immigration matters.

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.