Transitional and Housing Support Programs

The Transitional and Housing Support Program and VAW/Housing Liaison Program provide services 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 a caregiver or another immediate family/household member). This program is offered to women who have made the decision to leave their abusive relationship. The goal of the programs is to provide flexible and practical supports to assist women to transition into their new communities. Services are delivered in person or over the phone.

Individual Support

Services include:

  • Development of transition plans
  • Development of safety strategies or plans for women and their children
  • Short-term, goal-focused counselling for women
  • Support in applying for income support
  • Support in applying for social housing
  • Support in accessing emergency shelter

Referrals and advocacy in the following areas

  • Housing
  • Long-term counselling
  • Legal process, including legal aid, court attendance and custody
  • Immigration process including applications
  • Cultural interpretation
  • Health and wellness services


The VAW/Housing Liaison program is a unique, city-wide program funded to explore partnerships with community agencies with a focus on services needed by VAW clients.

Current partnerships include:

  • City of Ottawa
  • Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
  • Victim/Witness Assistance Program 

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