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The Needs of Abused Women as Mothers
A mother may ask for assistance with issues such as...
At the Parent Help Line 23% of calls to this free 24/7 hotline are about discipline and problem behaviours, followed by child development and health (20%), personal problems of parents (17%), and issues arising from divorce, custody or adoption (9%).
Handouts for Women
These handouts may be helpful for some women to whom you are providing services.
Summary of key issues of safety planning for women: Staying Safe
Summary of key issues of safety of children: Helping Your Children Stay Safe
These forms can help women tell you what they need: You Know What You Need: Ask For It!
These places can help Ontario women find resources in their areas of the province.
Assaulted Women's Helpline
The Assaulted Women's Helpline is a free, 24-hour crisis line -- available in 154 languages -- where Ontario women can talk to someone who understands and be directed to local services. The service is anonymous and confidential. They also speak to friends and family members of abused women, service providers and other professionals in contact with abused women. The toll-free numbers are:
If you know a woman whose first language is not English, she can call the Assaulted Women's Helpline for support or referral. All she needs to do is state the language in which she requires service. The Language Line service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline counsellors will strive to make culturally appropriate referrals based on what the caller indicates she needs at the time.
The Assaulted Women's Helpline is only available in Ontario. To find resources in other parts of Canada, see ShelterNet or the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence.
Ontario Women's Directorate
The Ontario Women's Directorate has links to many helpful services, under "Help for Assaulted Women."
Women with access to the Internet can develop their own safety plans at ShelterNet That site also has information about how to "hide your Internet activities" if it is not safe to be surfing sites about woman abuse.
Some women will be able to get free legal counsel. Find more information at the web site of Legal Aid Ontario.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Lawyer Referral Service of the Law Society of Upper Canada can help Ontario women find a local lawyer. There are two ways to call.
If it is too dangerous to have this charge on your telephone bill, call the toll-free number.
You can also find lawyers in the telephone book, under "LAWYERS." Those who take family law cases will indicate such in their adverstisements.
Parent Help Line
The Parent Help Line was forced to close down but their web site continues to exist with many helpful resources on parenting.
Resources for Young people
The Kids Help Phone is a toll-free crisis and referral line where young people can call to speak with someone privately and anonymously. It operates 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.
Teenagers may find helpful information including how to make a safety plan at www.burstingthebubble.com
Young women in abusive relationships might find this site helpful: When Love Hurts
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Find more information on working with abused women in these two resources.
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