2012-2013 Local Beneficiaries
1. Women’s Community House
Women’s Community House is open 365 days per year, 24 hours per day and provides emergency and short-term shelter at two shelter locations; counselling and support; Second Stage Housing – safe, rent-geared-to-income, transitional housing for women and children; 24 hour help line; transitional outreach counselling services; public education and; safety planning.
Women’s Community House works in partnership and collaboration with local groups, institutions and services, and actively participates in regional, provincial and international solutions towards ending violence against women.
2. Sexual Assault Centre London
The Sexual Assault Centre London is a women-centered, feminist organization that provides supportive services to women 16 years of age and older that have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives. The Centre also works towards the eradication of sexual violence through public education and prevention initiatives.
The Sexual Assault Centre provides the following services to women that have experienced any form of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse, adult or recent sexual assault and sexual harassment: Individual counselling, Support groups, In person peer support, Advocacy, and accompaniments to the hospital, courts, police, and sexual assault related appointments.
Services to survivors of sexual violence are confidential and free of charge.
Referrals are made for male survivors and survivors under the age of 16.
3. Changing Ways
Changing Ways supports men to stop their abusive behaviour in their relationships, and challenges them to take an active role in preventing woman abuse. The agency is a model in the larger community, working in solidarity with others who are committed to ending violence against women.
The agency’s philosophy is that sexism is inherent in the power imbalance that contributes to violence against women. Gender systems continue to privilege and enable men to exercise control over women in their primary relationships. Changing Ways is committed, on all levels, to a feminist model in an effort to eradicate woman abuse, and to changing the value systems that perpetuate inequality.