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Building Safety and Shelter in Hamilton

McGuinty Government Invests In Safe Haven For Women

A new 40-bed shelter will mean hope and safety for Hamilton women escaping abuse.

Ontario is giving Good Shepherd Centres $5 million to build a shelter that will also be much more accessible for women and their children with disabilities.

The new shelter will be designed to serve women and children with all types of abilities. It will be part of a larger complex - to be named Good Shepherd Square - that will include housing and wellness programs for homeless women, seniors and people with a variety of special needs.

The funds are part of a $7.4-million provincial investment in community groups serving women who are victims of domestic abuse. These investments will help local organizations assist more women 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.
  • Women with disabilities are more likely to be abused than non-disabled women.

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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 worrying about whether they can get into the building if they are in a wheelchair.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community and Social Services

“This new shelter is truly a blessing for women and children fleeing domestic violence, and will give them hope to rebuild their lives in a loving and caring environment. Good Shepherd has faith in people and this development will assist women and children to restore faith in themselves.”

Brother Richard MacPhee,

Executive Director, Good Shepherd Centres

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