Ontario Supports New Women's Shelter in Elgin County
Province Helping to Strengthen Protections for Women and Children
Ontario is investing $1.93 million to build a new women's shelter to serve Elgin County.
The shelter will replace the existing Women's House Emergency Shelter to better meet the needs of local women and children who have experienced violence in their homes. The current location is a 98-year-old single family home that has reached its capacity and has minimal outdoor space for children to play.
The new Women's Place Emergency Shelter will be almost five times the size of the existing shelter, with bedrooms for families and a large, secured yard where children can play safely. The new shelter is expected to open in summer 2016 and is also being supported by about $1.1 million in community donations.
Protecting women and children from domestic violence is part of the government's plan to provide more security, protection and equal opportunity for all Ontarians. It will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.
- The Ministry of Community and Social Services funds more than 2,000 beds dedicated for use by women who experience abuse and their children on an annual basis.
- Sexual assault victimization rates are five times higher for women under the age of 35.
- Read: It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
- Read about Ontario’s Violence Against Women programs and services.
“For women experiencing violence in their homes, this new shelter will offer a safe and secure refuge. Providing the physical safety that a shelter offers is often the first step to helping women rebuild their lives after they have faced the trauma of domestic violence.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“Through our sexual violence and harassment action plan, It’s Never Okay, the province is taking concrete measures to change attitudes, raise public awareness, help survivors and strengthen laws to protect workplaces and campuses. This new shelter will build on that plan, and will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.”
“We are so grateful for this investment in safety for women and their children in our community. It is awesome indeed! Certainly the long-standing partnership between our provincial government and our local community is what makes it possible to ensure safety and counsel 24 hours a day. That is no small moment - it is lifesaving.”