The Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program is a program run by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). SCAN is managed by a team of healthcare professionals at the hospital who offer care, support and assessment to children and teenagers who may have been maltreated, and their families. After a referral has been made to the Children's Aid Society, SCAN should be contacted urgently if a child or teenager has been sexually assaulted recently and/or has signs and symptoms related to maltreatment.
Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention http://www.boostforkids.org/
890 Yonge Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, ON M4W 3P4 Tel: (416) 515-1100 or Toll Free: 1-855-424-1100
Boost provides programs and services to children, youth, their families, professionals and communities to prevent and respond to abuse and violence. The Child Victim Witness Support Program (CVWSP) prepares any child or youth who is called to testify in court. Individual and group support offered to assist and advocate for children, youth and adult support persons.
- Kids Help Phone http://kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/YourSpace.aspx
This space gives kids an area to play around on, read stories, play games, and learn.
(Wo)Men Speak Out Now http://www.menspeakoutnow.com/Site/About_Us.html
(Wo)Men Speak Out™ is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating rape, sexual assault and gender violence. We seek to educate both men and women, cultivating healthy relationships and gender equity.
This website offers access to 7 Minizines that explore topics that are relevant to both male and female survivors.
“Not quite a newsletter, not quite a magazine, our Minizine will touch upon topics that affect our daily lives, the people we love and the communities we live in. A quarterly collaboration of authors, writers and survivor stories, bringing food for thought to survivors, advocates and those wanting to become more involved in the fight to end abuse.”
- Victim Support Line – Ministry of Attorney General
1-888-579-2888 or 416-314-2447
The Victim Support Line (VSL) is a province-wide, multilingual, toll-free information line providing a range of services to victims of crime. The VSL offers:
- Information and referral to support services in your community
- Pre-recorded information about the criminal justice system
- Access to information about provincially sentenced offenders.
- You can also register for automated notification when an offender’s status changes.
- You can also express concerns about the availability or quality of victim services.
- Services are offered in 13 languages, including:
- Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Taishan)
The service is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. For information on federally incarcerated offenders (those whose sentence is more than two years), please call the National Parole Board at 1-800-518-8817
- Justice for Children and Youth http://www.jfcy.org/
Justice for Children and Youth provides select legal representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity. They are a non-profit legal aid clinic that specializes in protecting the rights of those facing conflicts with the legal system, education, social service or mental health systems. Under the legal rights section there are a number of options where young people can find out how CAS operates and when they can leave home if they feel unsafe. Learning about how these systemic processes work can empower youth to make informed decisions. There is also a section where anyone 17yrs and under can ask a lawyer a question.
- Love: the good, the bad, and the ugly http://lovegoodbadugly.com/
This site helps young people to evaluate their dating relationships. It uses questions that users can click on. It is very colorful and interactive.
I really like the take action section, there are links to other websites, books and zines
I also like the section where you can read other’s stories. Being in an abusive relationship can be very isolating and hearing others experiences can help to relieve some of that quilt and shame around it being your fault.
An accessible safety plan, I might caution the idea of emailing it you yourself, if your partner has access to your email.
- Breakaway Addictions Services http://www.breakawayyouth.org/programs.html
A non-residential program, developed meet the needs of youth, aged 13 to 25, and their family members and friends who are struggling with substance use concerns. Services offered are provided from a harm reduction approach in a supportive, non judgmental manner. Services they provide are: counselling and groups. Clear Directions is a collaborative program that serves a maximum of 10 youths from the ages of 14 to 18 who live within the Greater Toronto Area and who are experiencing both mental health and substance use problems. The program is designed to address issues that prevent achievement and to provide a secure educational environment in which to achieve. Clinical services including individual, family and group interventions. Section 19 class provides an environment for students to develop their basic skills and recognize their areas of strength. For more information, call the Clear Directions Intake Worker, Anne at 416-234-1942 ext. 225.
- Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention http://www.boostforkids.org/HowWeHelp/Counselling/GroupsforTeens/tabid/1... (This is a link with groups for young women 12-17yrs)
Tel: (416) 515-1100 Toll Free: 1-855-424-1100
Boost provides programs and services to children, youth, their families, professionals and communities to prevent and respond to abuse and violence.
- Kids Help Phone http://kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/InfoBooth.aspx
The info booth section is bright and colorful. Teens can access information on a variety of topics: dating, bullying, family, emotional health, school, sexual orientation, law, and more.
- Learning and Violence http://www.learningandviolence.net/StudentKit/reception_desk.html
Great for students who are having trouble with self-esteem and judgments around learning. It is interactive, and helps facilitate self-reflection and support. You can click on a coffe mug if you’re feeling like it is too difficult and take a break.
- Assaulted Women’s Help Line http://www.awhl.org/
1-866-863-0511 or 416-863-0511
Provides 24-hour, 7-days-a-week crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals via telephone to women in up to 154 languages. The Website contains information on Violence Against Women Statistics, health and legal resources.
- The Survivors Mark http://thesurvivorsmark.tumblr.com/archive
This is a tumblr for survivors who share their stories and any helpful information.
- The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres http://www.sadvtreatmentcentres.net/en/our_centres.php
The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is made up of 35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women, children and men who have been sexually assaulted or who are victims or survivors of domestic violence (intimate partner) abuse. Services include: emergency medical and nursing care, crisis intervention, collection of forensic evidence, medical follow-up and counselling and referral to community resources.
- Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Multicultural Women Against Rape http://www.trccmwar.ca/
TRCC/MWAR is a grassroots collective working towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence through support, education and activism. They operate a crisis line, one to one counselling and self help groups to all sexual abuse survivors including rape, sexual assault, incest, sexual harassment, physical/emotional violence. For more information on programs call (416) 597-1171
Some interesting readings can be found at http://www.trccmwar.ca/drupal/articles/incest
- The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic http://www.schliferclinic.com/schliferClinic.html
416-323-9149 ext 263
The Schlifer Clinic is a counselling, legal, interpretation, information and referral service for women who are survivors of violence.
- Central Intake Emergency Shelters for Women and Children in Toronto
- 211 Toronto www.211Toronto.ca
An online directory of community, social, heath and government services. Or, simply dial 211 to speak with an operator.
- Learning and Violence http://www.learningandviolence.net/takecare.htm
Great interactive self-care section.
Exploring Learning Holistically
- Family Law Education for Women http://www.onefamilylaw.ca/
Plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law is available in 14 languages and in multiple formats.
- Ontario Women’s Justice Network http://www.owjn.org
Promotes an understanding of the law with respect to violence against women, providing accessible legal information to women and their supporters in a manner that reflects the diverse experiences and realities of women. OWJN contains information on relevant legal issues, including written law (legislation) and case law (court decisions).
- 1in6 http://1in6.org
Although based out of the U.S, this site has loads of resources for men who want to educate themselves and access support. The layout is fantastic and very intuitive.
I highly recommend this site as it has loads of useful information for survivors and those who may support them. This site also does a good job of reaching men at various stages of seeking information and help, including those who don’t see themselves as “survivors” or their experiences as “abuse.”
- Kali Munro http://kalimunro.com/wp/
This website provides access to several short, clear and informative articles by Kali Munro, a therapist with experience treating men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. These articles cover a breadth of topics relevant to survivors of incest, sexual and ritual abuse and emotional abuse.
- Male Survivor http://www.malesurvivor.org/
Like 1in6, this website covers a breadth of information that is useful for survivors and those who support them. Of particular interest are the links that explore “myths and facts” regarding male childhood sexual abuse and the “survivors speaking out” section which provides links to relevant video clips and interviews in the media.
Nevertheless, this website is American and thus doesn’t examine fully some of the ethno-racial dimensions of childhood sexual abuse in Canada.
- Centre for Treatment of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma http://centrefortreatment.com/
Paths of Courage
Catholic Family Service of Ottawa: Program for Victims of Sexual Abuse (Ottawa)
Support Centres in the US
- Unlock the Door: Beyond Sexual Abuse
- Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect
- Waking The Tiger
- The Body Keeps The Score
- In an Unspoken Voice
- Playing With Fire
- Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth
- Shame & Guilt – Masters of Disguise
- Behind Closed Doors – a survivor’s story of the boarding school syndrome
- Finding My Talk: How Fourteen Canadian Native Women Reclaimed Their Lives after Residential School
- Children of Trauma
- The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada
- Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
- Embracing the Fear: Learning to Manage Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- The Power of Now
- Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth
- After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma
- A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
- The Breakthrough Experience: A Revolutionary New Approach to Personal Transformation
- Victims No Longer
- Synchronicity: The Inner Path to Leadership
- Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools
- Survivor Guilt
- The Brain That Changes Itself
- The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries From the Frontiers of
- You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For
- When the Body Says No
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- When Walls Become Doorways
Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute