Crisis intervention services are available on the phone and in person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Emergency shelter (26 rooms providing 42 beds) for abused women and their children from Windsor and Essex County
- Services provided in a culturally-sensitive manner
- The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Services are also provided to abused women in a same sex relationship
- Child and Youth Program available to children in the shelter
This program assists abused women and their children with living in a violent-free environment. This program is provided to women living in the community who are currently in an unsafe situation and to women residing in the shelter by helping them with:
- Securing and maintaining housing
- Safety planning
- Financial Assistance
- Legal Options
- Counseling etc.
This program offers short-term (10 week) psycho-educational groups to children 4-16 years old. For safety reasons, mothers must be separated from their abusive partners in order for their children to be eligible for this program. Some group topics include:
- What is Violence?
- Safety Planning
- Responsibility for the Violence
- Conflict Resolution
- Family Challenges & Changes, etc
This program is in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board and the Greater Essex County District School Board. The service includes individual and group counseling to children within their elementary school setting. Mothers must be separated from abusive partners in order to be eligible for this program.
This program offers long term group therapy for abused women. The primary goal of the Fresh Start women's program is for the women to accept responsibility for their physical and psychological safety. Other important goals include:
- learning choices that are available
- learning to be assertive
- learning effective communication and problem solving skills
- Therapy is provided to women in same sex relationships
- Therapy is provided to women who are abusive toward men
The County program provides an agency presence for abused women in the County and facilitates access for County residents to our Residential program. The purpose of the County program is to provide group therapy in five locations within the County. These locations include:
- Belle River
This program offers long term group therapy for abusive men. The primary goal of the Fresh Start men's program is for the men to take responsibility for, and end their abusive behaviour. Other important goals include: learning new and more flexible attitudes and expectations toward women, learning to express anger in non-oppressive and more constructive ways and identifying the roots of anger and violence, it's impact on the abuser and on others. The program offers groups to male offenders who are court mandated (Partner Assault Response program - PAR) within Windsor, Leamington and Amherstburg. The PAR program includes separate groups for female offenders in Windsor.
- Separate groups are offered to voluntary male clients
- Therapy is provided to men in same sex relationships
- Therapy is provided to men who are victims of abuse