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A Safe Haven for Women in Guelph

McGuinty Government Helps Provide A New Home For Women Fleeing Violence

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis will soon be moving their counselling and support services to a new home.

Ontario is giving the local women's organization $802,000 to move to a larger and more accessible building. The new building will allow the agency to:

  • serve more women, especially women with disabilities or women whose children have a disability, and
  • increase support services, such as access to temporary housing and counselling.

The funds are part of a $7.4-million provincial investment in community groups that help victims of domestic abuse. These investments will help local organizations serve more women and children while improving the accessibility, safety and security of their properties.

Quick Facts

  • In 2006/2007, more than 14,000 women and children fleeing domestic abuse used emergency shelters, staying an average of 21.3 days.
  • It is estimated that women with disabilities are 1.5 to 10 times as likely to be abused as non-disabled women, depending on whether they live in the community or in institutions.

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“It's so important for women who are escaping abuse to have a safe place to go for help. That's a time when they should be focusing on themselves and their children – not on whether they can get into the building because they have a wheelchair.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community and Social Services

“The services and supports we provide offer women safe options and an opportunity to begin to rebuild their lives. Having a new building means we increase accessibility and resources for women who come to our doors.”

Sly Castaldi

Executive Director of Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

“Guelph - Wellington Women in Crisis has a long record of providing exemplary service to women who are fleeing domestic abuse. I am pleased that this grant will enable Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis to move to a larger site and expand their support services to women who are victims of domestic violence.”

Liz Sandals

MPP for Guelph

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