Affected by GBV?
- Legal help
- Status of Women Canada is not able to answer any legal questions or offer assistance to individuals in legal matters. If you have not already done so, please contact your lawyer, legal aid, local women's crisis centre or the police for more information about services within your community.
If you are in an emergency situation please access 9-1-1 (in Canada), for emergency services in your area.
If you are outside the 9-1-1 service area, please access available emergency services in your area.
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline / Fem’Aide
The Assaulted Women’s Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all women who have experienced abuse. They provide counselling, emotional support, information, and referrals. This helpline is available at 1-866-863-0511, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and in over 200 languages.
Fem’Aide is a support line for abused women who offers French services similar to the Assaulted Women's Helpline. This service is available at 1-877-336-2433 or at 1-866-860-7082 (TTY).
- Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
- Since 1993, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) has provided support, research, and education to survivors of serious crime and stakeholders in Canada. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the Centre offers bilingual services, which are free of charge and confidential.
- Canadian Women’s Health Network
- The Canadian Women’s Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing, and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies, and inspirations.
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
- The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers counselling and crisis intervention. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca. Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French, and on-demand in Ojibway, Cree, and Inuktitut.
- Kids Help Phone
- Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling, and referral service for children and youth. Whether by phone, mobile app, or through the website, people can connect with Kids Help Phone whenever, however they want.
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line
- A national, toll-free support call line has been made available by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, to provide support for anyone who requires assistance. This line is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-844-413-6649.
- An online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. A clickable map serves as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter for safety, hope, and support.
- Talk 4 Healing
- A helpline that provides culturally sensitive counselling, advice and support to Indigenous women
- Trans Lifeline
- Provides support, information and resources to trangender or questioning people as well as to their families and friends.
For more information on family violence prevention services in your area, please visit: Find Services in your Area: Family Violence Prevention Services
For information on how to plan for your safety, please visit: How to plan for your safety if you are in an abusive relationship
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