Violence Against Women (VAW) Safety Resources

There are a number of services available in the Ottawa region for you to access for additional resources and support. Click on any of the links on this page to be redirected to their website for more information.

Ottawa Rape Crisis 

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) supports and empowers trans and cis women, trans men, two-spirit, gender-fluid, and non-binary survivors.

Sexual Assault Support Centre

Provide survivor-directed support services by womyn, to womyn who have experienced sexual violence. We strive to increase public awareness and offer training on the issues and effects of violence against womyn.

Voice Found

Provides support and services to persons who have been sex trafficked or wish to exit the sex trade in Eastern Ontario.

Western Community resource Centre Violence Against Women Program

The VAW Counselling Program provides individual and group counselling to women aged 16 years or older who identify themselves as having been sexually, physically or emotionally abused by their partners or significant others (could be caregiver or other immediate family/household member). Services are delivered in person or over the phone. 

Eastern Ottawa Community Resource Centre Violence Against Women Program

The Violence Against Women Program offers services to women and children whose lives have been affected by abuse. This program is available to women and children residing in Ottawa and Renfrew County and is free, bilingual and confidential.

Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus

For emergency medical services within six months of sexual assault and/or intimate partner abuse. Includes services to people who have suffered sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence or intimate partner violence within the past six months. 24 hour emergency medical response is available on site at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus at 1053 Carling Avenue, emergency department. Outpatient services are accessible by self referral, referral by health professional and/or our community partners.  Call 613-798-5555 x 13770 to book an appointment.

Minwaashin Lodge


Provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey. 

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Inuit-specific service provider that provides social support, cultural activities, counselling and crisis intervention as a one-stop resource centre to meet the rapidly growing, complex and evolving needs of Inuit. Counsellors and advocates support women aged 16 and over, and their children who are involved with CAS and/or affected by violence. 

Immigrant Women’s Services

To empower immigrant and visible minority women in the City of Ottawa to participate in the elimination of all forms of abuse against women. To provide a culturally responsive crisis counselling service and a language interpretation service which will facilitate an abused woman’s access to community and mainstream services. To provide other services and/or programs that will assist immigrant women in their journey to attain their full potential.


Le CALACS francophone d'Ottawa est un organisme féministe, géré et opéré par et pour les femmes. Dans ses revendications pour la justice sociale, il dénonce les agressions à caractère sexuel et lutte pour l’égalité et les droits des femmes.  Il offre une multitude de services aux femmes survivantes et il s’engage activement à la prévention et la sensibilisation dans la communauté

Ottawa Police Sexual Assault Unit:  Sexual Assault Survivor Guide


Neighbours, Friends and Families

If you are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner  the Neighbours, Friends and Family website provides information and describes steps you can take to protect your safety and the safety of your children,  as well as how to develop a plan to leave. 

Home Security Inspection

At your request, police representatives visit your home (house, condo, apartment, etc.) to provide a safety audit - assessing ways to make your home safer. The audit is based on a checklist, and participants are provided with a booklet that identifies safety improvements, provides crime prevention tips and promotes other crime prevention initiatives offered by the Police Service. 

Ottawa Coalition to End Violence: Online safety tips

Shelter Safe

To find shelters in Ontario serving women fleeing intimate partner violence



Ottawa Community Resources 

Walk in Counselling Clinic

No referral is required for the Walk-In Counselling Clinic. You will be assisted, with no appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis during our Walk-In Counselling Clinic hours. The Walk-in Counselling Clinic offers counselling services in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Somali, Cantonese and Mandarin at a variety of different locations. Clinic hours are available at different locations throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. Please see the link below to access the clinic locations and operating hours. 

Counselling Connect (For residents of Ottawa and the Surrounding Area)

Counselling Connect provides free access to a same-day or next-day phone or video counselling session. This service is for children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area. There is no waiting list. 

Find Your Community Health and Resource Centre 

The CHRCs offer a wide range of programs and services that serve the needs of the community.  

Provincial Resources

Assaulted Women’s Helpline

The Assaulted Women's Helpline is a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse. AWHL’s team of trained counsellors provide crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

National Resources

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of children. Our goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children, and prevent child victimization.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCV)

Provides support, research and education to survivors of serious crime and stakeholders in Canada

CRCV Guide for dealing with the Media 

National Office for Victims of Crime

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

Sudden Death Resources 

Government of Ontario Guide: What to do when someone dies

Office of the Chief Corner, Ontario

For information on Death Investigations and local Corners offices

Bereaved Families Ottawa

Provides peer support groups offer safe and supportive spaces to be in grief, to share and to learn. Peers help reduce the isolation that many people experience in grief, provide connection & living examples that healing is possible. Provides referrals to other community resources as well as private practionsers and literature

Roger Neilson House

Bereavement Support is available for families who have experienced the death of a child. We offer a safe and healing environment. Our philosophy is to accompany families through their grief journey.

Canadian Mental Health Association, “Understanding and Coping with Loss and Grief”

The Dougy Centre

Provides educational materials about children and grief.

Compassionate Friends

Support groups for families who have lost a child

Kids Grief

Is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.