Violence Against Women
The Violence Against Women (VAW) program at the WOCRC has been providing support to women and children who live in the Kanata, Goulbourn, West Carleton, Rideau, Nepean, Osgoode and Bay wards. Access to support from Chrysalis House is not restricted to these areas.
We welcome all women from any age, culture, religion, sexual orientation and ability. We offer accessible counselling space, TTY and cultural interpretation.
If you are a woman who is currently living in an abusive relationship or have experienced intimate partner abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or other) in the past, when you are ready, give us a call. Our counsellors will provide safe, free and confidential support for you to make informed decisions about your family’s life. Our role is to provide safety planning, information, resources, referrals and support to help you meet your short- and long-term practical needs.
If you would like to learn more about abuse, or if you are wondering if you are in an abusive situation, please click here for more information.
Our counsellors do not determine for you whether or not you are being abused. Rather, they provide information and resources in order for you to make that decision for yourself. We believe that YOU are the expert in your life.
Our services are free and confidential. Financial help with childcare and transportation may be available.
Many women who are fleeing violence are often unaware of the impacts the abuse has had on their lives. Here is a short sampling of the many books our counsellors recommend to women who are looking to better understand their situation and look towards building a life free from abuse. Our booklist for women is available here.
WOCRC is a partner of Unsafe at Home Ottawa. Unsafe at Home Ottawa is a text and chat line for survivors of domestic abuse in Ottawa and in Lanark County. This encrypted and confidential line is available every single day, from 8:30 AM to midnight. Click here to speak to a trained support worker now.