Sexual Assault Resources

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) came into effect on September 8, 2016. The amendments:  Shorter notice period to end a rental tenancy agreement for people experiencing sexual or domestic violence, to make it easier for survivors to flee abuse. Get legal info about Ontario and details about Quebec  

Support Agencies

  • 211 Call 211 or visit their website to find the right community and social services. Free. Confidential. Live answer 24/7
  • Violence Against Women Crisis 24/7 Line - 613-745-4818
  • Fem`aide - 1-877-336-2433 
  • Assaulted Women's Helpline - 1-866-863-0511 (TTY: 1-866-863-7868)
  • Get Help for Yourself of a Friend - OCTEVAW resources
  • Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) Phone:  613-562-2333 Office Telephone Line: 613-562-2334 
  • The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa Phone:  613-725-2160  
  • Family Services Ottawa (FSOPhone: 613-725-3601 ext. 0
  • Catholic Family Service Ottawa/Service familial catholique Ottawa (services in English and French) 613-233-8478.
  • Centre For Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma Phone: 613-233-4929  
  • Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) OCTEVAW is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to ending violence against women and, through leadership, education, advocacy and political action, to promoting a coordinated response to women and their children who have experienced abuse. Phone: 613-237-1000 
  • The Sexual Assault Network (SAN)
  • VAW Learning Network
  • Unsafe At Home

Legal Support 

Support Agencies for Men Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • CFS/SFC Ottawa (and partner agencies Family Services Ottawa, Jewish Family services , Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health) in Ottawa Phone: 613-233-8478 (24/7 Information and Referral Services:  1-866-887-0015)
  •  New Directions - Catholic Family Services Program Offers one-to-one and group counselling, in both English and French, for male survivors of either historical or more recent sexual abuse.  All services are free. Clients can call the intake department at 613-233-8478, ext. 239 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Partnered in Ottawa with Family Services Ottawa and Jewish Family Services.


Support Agencies for Child and Youth

  • CHEO for Adolescent and Preadolescent Survivors of Sexual Assault Those who have been sexually assaulted and are 17 years and younger should access the Ottawa Regional Pediatric Sexual Abuse/Assault Care Program found at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Phone: 613-737-2329 (ER Direct Line)
  •  Centre For Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma Phone: 613-233-4929
  •  The Ottawa Hospital Sexual Assault/Partner Abuse Care Program The Ottawa Regional Sexual Assault Partner Abuse Care Program is a program providing individualized services to any person 16 years and older who have recently been sexually assaulted. Phone: 613-798-5555 x 13770 
  • CFS/SFC OttawaThe Child & Youth Witness Support Program (CYWSP) provides information, assistance and support to children and youth (and their families) who are required to provide testimony in criminal court (victims and witnesses). 613-233-8478



Ottawa shelters:


Ottawa-area shelters:


Other Eastern Ontario Shelters for Abused Women:


Ottawa Police Service: Victim Support Unit (VSU)

The Victim Support Unit (VSU) is dedicated to providing professional assistance and crisis counselling to victims of crime or tragic circumstances. The VSU contacts victims within a short time frame of filing a report. The VSU also ensures that victims have access to the many resources and programs offered in the Ottawa Area.   Victims are also offered the Victim Quick Response Program for referrals to long term supports. The Victim Crisis Unit is staffed with professional Crisis Counsellors who are available to help if you are in need of support or have any questions with regards to being victimized or suffering from tragic circumstances.

Victims who contact the VSU can expect a risk and needs assessment by a trained professional crisis counselor. Crisis Counselors may also provide victims with crisis and post trauma counseling, information about the criminal justice system, support, advocacy, and referrals.

Victim Support Unit

Phone: 613-236-1222 ext. 2223


Ottawa Victim Services (OVS)

The Ottawa Police Service's Victim Crisis Unit works in partnership with Ottawa Victim Services. OVS offers support for individuals who have been victimized as a result of crime or tragic circumstances. Support is provided by professional staff and trained volunteers by telephone, on-scene and at their victim services office. Clients can access services through referrals from community service agencies, the Police or self-referrals.

OVS also offers Victim Crisis and Referral Services (VCARS). VCARS is a program that consists of community volunteers in partnership with VCARS staff assisting Police and community service providers in meeting short-term practical and emotional needs of individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance, and their longer-term needs by referral to appropriate existing community agencies.

Phone: 613-238-2762


Victim / Witness Assistance

  • The Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is a government-funded service that provides information, assistance and support in regards to the court process for certain victims (sexual assault survivors) and witnesses of crime. The VWAP is located within most courthouses across the province. Phone: 613-239-0451 Email:
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) Victims who have been injured by a violent crime in Ontario may be eligible for financial compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.


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