Who We Are

The Women’s Support Network (WSN) is York Region’s only sexual violence crisis centre. We are dedicated to providing free, nonjudgemental and confidential services to anyone who has experienced any form of sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

We adhere to a grassroots, feminist, anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework. In other words, we believe everyone is their own expert and, while we offer tools and support, we honour everyone’s unique journey towards healing.

Our services cover all aspects of sexual violence – sexual assault, confusion whether it was sexual violence, childhood/historical sexual abuse, sexual harassment, online sexual violence, ritual abuse, human trafficking, sex work  and any other type of potential sexual violence.

Our Approach

Our vision is to eradicate sexual violence

We are part of a global community of women and we commit to work in
solidarity to ensure women’s equality rights locally and internationally.

Our organization was established in 1992. Therefore, we have been proudly serving the York Region community for 24 years.
1. We are committed to providing service excellence by working from an integrated Feminist Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive framework that is person-centered and person–focused. We particularly acknowledge the differential impact of sexual violence on racialized and marginalized communities. We are committed to non-exclusionary policy, practice and programs. We serve all women who identify as women.

2. Education and knowledge is power. We are committed to supporting the education of
clients, as well as on-going education and self-care for staff, board members and
volunteers.

3. We are committed to a transparent continual review and evaluation of policy, programs and practice. We will measure equity by results, not by intentions. We have a commitment to provide a client space within our facilities and we actively seek client-driven direction and feedback.

4. We are committed to taking a lead role in the community as a catalyst for change, and will continue to have fresh ideas, innovations and “thinking outside of the box”.

Our 2013-2017 Strategic Plan focuses on moving forwards as an organization that is further connected to the York region community, not only as clients and partners but also as donors and board members in order to ensure sustainability. As always, we will continue to provide the best efforts for supporting survivors and preventing all forms of sexual violence.

Women’s Support Network Strategic Plan 2013-2017

The Women’s Support Network is dedicated to everyone in
York Region who have experienced sexual violence in their lives and to all people
working to end sexual violence.

Programs and Expertise

Sexual Violence Programs

24/7 Crisis Line

Our Crisis Line operates 24-hours/per day, every day of the year. We have well-trained staff and volunteers to respond to all calls with care, sensitivity, non-judgement and compassion. We receive approximately thousands of phone calls a year.

If you, or someone you know, is need of support please call our crisis line:
Local: 905.895.7313
Toll-Free: 1.800.263.6734

We also are pleased to announce our human trafficking crisis line:
Helpline: 905.758.5285

Counselling Program

Our Counselling Program provides individuals with client-centred, trauma-informed counselling no matter where they are at on their healing journey.

We offer:
Crisis counselling, where a counsellor responds within 48 hours of initial contact and receives up to three appointments
Ongoing counselling, where individuals work one-to-one with a counsellor for up to 6 months (renewable if more support is needed)

If you, or someone you love, may be interested in receiving counselling with us – please call our office: 905.895.3646
*Self-referrals are welcome

Public Education and Outreach

Prevention is another important aspect of the work we do. We offer workshops, presentations, community events and educational materials to any interested group – schools, faith-based groups, organizations and the community.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  •     Sexual Assault and Harassment
  •     Online Sexual Violence
  •     Healthy Relationships
  •     Feminism and the historical roles of women
  •     Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
  •     How to Support Survivors

Presentations are free of charge! Book yours now – 905.895.3646.

Human Trafficking Programs

24/7 Crisis Line

If you (or someone you love) is considering entering the game, is in the game, or being pressured to work in the game, we’re here to support you with whatever you need.

We offer support, advocacy, and referrals to any agencies you may need. We work from a client-centered perspective where the client dictates the direction of their needs. Police are only involved upon client’s request. We are available 24/7 and are completely confidential.

24/7 Human Trafficking Help Line: 905.758.5285

Case Management

Our Case Manager will provide individual support/advocacy to those who are/were “in the game.”

Every woman has the right to respect and dignity. At Women’s Support Network, we honour the wishes of each individual and will support their choices. We can provide condoms, bus tickets, giftcards, toiletries, and other essentials as needed. All communication is completely confidential and police will only become involved based on the wishes of the individual.

If you are feeling the need for support, we’re here to listen without judgement.

Please call our 24/7 Human Trafficking help line: 905.758.5285

Outreach

We offer education on what human trafficking is, how to recognize the signs, and how to prevent someone from being exploited. Each presentation is developed with the specific audience in mind and what their needs entail. We provide trainings for frontline social service providers on how to recognize the signs of CSE (Commercial Sexual Exploitation) and how to support individuals who have experienced sex trafficking. We are open to attending community-based events as it is important for everyone to be aware of this seriousness of human trafficking in Canada.

Presentations are free of charge!

Book yours now – 905.895.3646 or email ndube@womenssupportnetwork.ca

We’d Love to Hear From You!

All services are free, confidential and non-judgmental

Main Office: 1110 Stellar Drive, Unit 109, Newmarket ON, L3Y 7B&
Administration: 1.905.895.3646
Fax: 1.905.985.6542
Email: info@womenssupportnetwork.ca

24/7 Crisis Line: 905.895.7313 / 1.800.263.6734 (toll free)
Human Trafficking Helpline: 905.758.5285

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