Family Problems, Violence and Abuse

Nobody’s family is perfect, but no parent has the right to hurt their child. If you feel threatened, bullied, or violated by someone in your family, talk to someone. Whether you are being harmed physically, psychologically, or sexually, or if you just can’t get along, there are resources for both you and your parents. It’s important to seek help for your own safety as well as the sake of your whole family. Emergency contact for the Police and OPP are listed in the ” Victim and Witness Assistance” section.

Perth County Crime Stoppers
http://www.pc-crimestoppers.ca

Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer program that helps to connect the community, police and media to combat crime * place anonymous tips about crimes * cruelty to animals * illegal hunting and fishing * confidential toll-free phone number * anonymous on-line tips * you will never have to go to court * your identity will never be revealed * looking for new Crime Stoppers Board Members * cash rewards up to $2000 for helping to solve a crime

RGA Psychological and Counselling Services
http://www.rgapsych.com

Diverse group of experienced practitioners * provide short and long term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families from ages 4 and up *a variety of group therapy interests are also represented. Issues that are treated include:
*anxiety
*depression
*relationships
* adjustment to illness or injury
* trauma
* anger management
* Cognitive Behaviioural Therapy (CBT)
* family and marital relationships
* mediation
* separation and divorce
* meditation
* personality problems
* substance abuse

Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services
http://www.optimismplace.com

Provides information on the family court process * assistance in documenting the history of abuse for family court proceedings * referral to specialized services and supports in the community * safety planning * court accompaniment to proceedings when appropriate * Court documents * assistance with Legal Aid application * assistance finding a lawyer or access to legal advice * gathering and completing court papers * preparing evidence statements * understanding court outcomes * provides access to community services and programs

Family Court Support Worker Program — information on the family court process * assistance in preparing for family court proceedings (documenting history of abuse, accessing Legal Aid) * referral to specialized services and supports in the community * safety planning * court accompaniment to proceedings when appropriate

Can meet with people in North Perth, call for details.

Emergency Housing in Perth and Huron County

Handling calls for emergency housing in Perth and Huron.

SHELTERS/ACCOMMODATION for ANYONE:

PERTH and HURON (offices located in Stratford but serves all of Perth and Huron County)
* During regular business hours, people and families in need of emergency housing should contact the Ontario Works [CIOC PER2173 OR ICarol] or ODSP [ CIOC PER0681 OR ICarol] * outside of normal business hours, contact the Huron Perth Crisis Intervention Program for assistance, [CIOC PER0038 OR ICarol]

PERTH
* Salvation Army, LISTOWEL(serves North Perth (south of Milverton, east to Conestoga Lake, north to Arthur Mount Forest and Molesworth to the west) – can arrange one night of emergency accommodation to single individuals (male or female), and or families [CIOC PER1213 OR ICarol]

HURON

* Salvation Army, WINGHAM (serves Howick, Huron East, Huron-Kinloss, Morris-Turnberry, North Huron, South Bruce) – can arrange emergency accommodations [ CIOC GBA2364 OR ICarol]

* Salvation Army, CLINTON (serves Bluewater ; Central Huron ; Huron East) – emergency accommodations in certain situations available for 1 to 2 nights maximum [CIOC GBA2150 OR ICarol]

* Salvation Army, GODERICH (serves Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh ; Central Huron ; Goderich ; Grand Bend ; Huron-Kinloss ; Kincardine (Town of) ; Seaforth) – emergency accommodations in certain situations available for 1 to 2 nights maximum [ CIOC GBA3657 OR ICarol]

* Salvation Army, GODERICH (serves Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh ; Central Huron ; Goderich ; Grand Bend ; Huron-Kinloss ; Kincardine (Town of) ; Seaforth) – Huron Out of the Cold, Lakeshore United Church, 56 North St. Goderich [ CIOC PER0245 OR ICarol]

* Society of St Vincent de Paul, GODERICH (serves Huron County) – emergency overnight accommodations [CIOC GBA2160 OR ICarol]

SHELTERS for YOUTH:

PERTH
* Shelterlink (serves Perth County) – emergency or transitional shelter and support services [CIOC PER0054 OR ICarol]

HURON
* Huron Safe Homes for Youth (serves Huron County) – temporary shelter and support services [CIOC GBA2132 OR ICarol]

SHELTERS for WOMEN:
PERTH
* Optimism Place (serves Perth County) – women’s shelter and support services [CIOC PER0026 OR ICarol]

* Emily Murphy Centre (serves Perth County) – transitional second stage housing and support services [CIOC PER0037 OR ICarol]

HURON
* Women’s Shelter (serves Huron County) – emergency women’s shelter and second stage housing [CIOC GBA1807 OR ICarol]

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
http://www.hpha.ca/default.aspx?cid=114&lang=1

24 hour helpline and crisis line * counselling service for individuals in acute emotional distress and/or with mental illness * face-to-face support and assessment 7 days a week in the local community serving 8 hospital ER departments * Crisis staff will provide onsite assessment in the individual’s home in the company of local police service * will assist individuals to find the appropriate addictions or mental health service

Emergency Room assistance available at all 8 regional offices, call ahead to ensure that a staff person can go to the hospital location.

Emergency Homelessness – People and families in need of emergency housing should contact the Ontario Works or ODSP office during regular work hours * outside of normal business hours, contact the Huron Perth Crisis Intervention Program for assistance

Assaulted Women’s Helpline
http://www.awhl.org

Telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services, as well as culturally appropriate resources for abused women * liaison with diverse communities * confidential and anonymous

Stratford Police Service
http://www.stratfordpolice.com

Municipal policing services for the City of Stratford * for non emergency crime related incidents such as vandalism, graffiti and to provide information on past acts * for emergency incidents, residents should call 911

Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim and Vulnerable Persons Division
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss

Information and assistance to support participation in the criminal court process * services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * court preparation * needs assessment * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund — financial and court-based supports to enable victims of crime and families of homicide victims to attend court * travel arrangements and expenses * language interpretation * real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities

Crime Stoppers of Huron County
http://www.hc-cs.ca

Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer program that helps to connects the community, police and media to combat crime * place anonymous tips about crimes * cruelty to animals * illegal hunting and fishing * confidential toll-free phone number * anonymous on-line tips * you will never have to go to court * your identity will never be revealed * looking for new Crime Stoppers Board Members * cash rewards up to $2000 for helping to solve a crime *

Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth
http://www.hpcentre.on.ca

Services to children, youth and their families are offered as a means of solving social, emotional and family problems * strengthen children and their families to improve quality of life * Drop-in programs * Individual and group counselling * Office locations in Clinton, Listowel and Stratford – inquiries can be directed to your nearest location

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
* Timely Access Team
* Crisis Services
* Counselling & Therapy Services – individual, family and group counselling and therapy approaches including “Therapeutic Parenting” and “Trauma Group”
* Intensive Services – two day treatment classrooms under Section 23 Agreements * 1-1 support from Child & Youth Workers * Referral to Residential Care * Referral for Service Resolution Process
* Specialized Consultations and Assessments including referral to Tele-Mental Health, area pediatricians and child psychiatrists
* Family/Caregiver Consultations and Assessments including referrals to Respite services

YOUTH JUSTICE SERVICES
* provide youth in conflict with their communities a variety of services to help youth 12 and older.
* Diversion Program – Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) this service offers “extra-judicial measures (EJM)” at a pre-charge level through police referral; available in Perth only.
* Youth Justice Committee Program – under the YCJA this service offers intervention post-charge and pre-court through crown referral; can also be referred by Diversion program to access justice circles (conferences)
* Dedicated to Youth on Probation Program – Mental Health Counsellors provide assessment and treatment. Child and Youth workers (CYWs) work with clinicians to address specific goal areas including but not limited to: school issues, interpersonal conflicts, employment/need for other supports to reduce risk areas through youth probation officer referral; through youth probation referral.

ADULT PROGRAMS
* Renascence – offers information, referrals and supportive counselling services for women who have been victims of abuse either in childhood or their intimate relationships. Individual and group services, telephone outreach and educational sessions promote healing and support healthy relationships. There is a Sexual Abuse Survivors Group twice per year in partnership with Women’s Shelter of Huron; in Huron only.
* Group Delta – group treatment for partner assault in Huron; Contact with partners are a key aspect to creating safety of women and children; Delta promotes safety, non-violence and equality in intimate relationships. Access to this program is either through referral from Crown Attorney and Probation or voluntary. Client fees applicable based on ability to pay; Huron County only.
* Male Survivors Counselling – a new initiative launched in 2012, this project offers counseling to male survivors of child sexual abuse; in Huron only.

Crisis Response – 24/7 service for serious mental health crises, suicide risk or psychosis * offered in partnership with the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team * to access call 1-888-829-7484

Family Services Perth-Huron
http://www.familyservicesperth-huron.ca

Non-profit, community based, family service agency * support, strengthen, enrich individual, couple and family life * counselling, support, advocacy and educational services * Volunteer Board of Directors

Cooperates with other care providers and service deliverers, consumers, planning groups, and funding bodies towards the development of coordinated and effective service programs to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.

Member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario.

Huron-Perth Centre
http://hpcentre.on.ca

Variety of services primarily funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth and MCYS – Youth Justice * serving children and families to improve the quality of family life

Services are offered as a means of solving social, emotional and family problems and strengthening the children and their families to improve quality of life * Drop-in program * individual and group counselling *
office locations in Clinton, Listowel and Stratford – inquiries can be directed to your nearest location

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
* Birth to Six Team – Specialized program for multi-need and/or complex-need children from birth to 6 years and their families * minimal wait
* Section 23 – Specialized classrooms for children with significant mental health needs offered in partnership with the Huron and Perth county school boards
* Children’s mental health centre with family supports
* mentalhealth4kids.ca website in conjunction with thehealthline.ca

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH
Outpatient services – Individual, family, parent education and group services for children/youth with mental health issues up to age 18 years * waiting list

Birth to Six Team – Specialized program for multi-need and/or complex-need children from birth to 6 years and their families * minimal wait

Section 23 – Specialized classrooms for children with significant mental health needs offered in partnership with the Huron and Perth county school boards * capacity is limited and there can be a waiting time * one classroom in Huron (Clinton)

* Youth Justice Services assist youth at various stages of involvement with the youth justice system
* School-based Youth Outreach Services * Clinical Supports Intervention * Local Resolution Team (LRT) multi-agency response
* Youth Justice Dedicated to Probation

ADULT PROGRAMS include:

Parent Education; Sexual Assault Initiatives (SAI) – individual counselling for adult women who were sexually abused as children

Violence Against Women – “Renascence” funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, offers support, information and counselling for women who have experienced some form of abuse either in childhood or in their intimate relationships (519) 482-3933 or Toll-free 1-866-207-5552

Partner Assault Response Program (PAR) “Group Delta” offers a 12 week court ordered education group involving domestic violence, see separate record for details

Employee Assistance Programs – 519-482-9768 (all offices) or 1-877-596-6626 – provides counselling to employees and their families as a part of benefit packages for businesses or organizations. Includes:
* Prompt assessment
* Short-term counselling for individuals and families
* Referrals to other services
* Health and wellness initiatives

Member agency of Support Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario

Huron-Perth Centre
http://www.hpcentre.on.ca

Services to children, youth and their families are offered as a means of solving social, emotional and family problems and strengthening the children and their families to improve quality of life
* Drop-in every Tuesday from 9am-11:30am in Stratford & Clinton
* Individual and group counselling
*Office locations in Clinton, Listowel and Stratford – inquiries can be directed to your nearest location

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
* Timely Access – Brief services include: weekly drop-in clinic, solution-focused sessions, tele-mental health referrals and other community referrals,
* Intensive Services – Day treatment, 1-1 support, residential care referrals
* Counselling & therapy

* Children’s Mental Health Centre with family supports

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH
Outpatient services – Individual, family, parent education and group services for children/youth with mental health issues up to age 18 years

Section 23 – Specialized classrooms for children with significant mental health needs offered in partnership with the Huron and Perth county school boards * capacity is limited and there can be a waiting time * one classroom in Perth (Stratford)

* Youth Justice Services assist youth at various stages of involvement with the youth justice system
* School-based Youth Outreach Services * Clinical Supports Intervention * Local Resolution Team (LRT) multi-agency response
* Youth Justice Committee 519 271-9454 x 2232 (Perth only)
* Youth Justice Dedicated to Probation
* Diversion Program accepts referrals from Perth County OPP and Stratford Police Services as an alternative to charges and traditional court involvement for first time or non-violent offences 519-271-9454 x 2234

Crisis Response – 24/7 service for serious mental health crises, suicide risk or psychosis * offered in partnership with the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team * to access call 1-888-829-7484

Member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario.

ConnexOntario Health Services Information
http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca

Confidential telephone, chat, and email information and referral and listening service providing detailed descriptions of mental health services and supports in Ontario, including how to access them

  • information about community-based counselling services and supports
  • strategies to meet goals
  • support
  • basic mental illness education

Web chat with information and referral specialist available * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information

Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society
http://www.h-pcas.ca

Serves children, adolescents and families * provides child protection services as mandated by the Child and Family Services Act, and family support including:
* Counselling services to children and families
* Placement of at-risk children in individual and group home foster family settings
* Adoption placement of infants and older children who are legally and emotionally free for adoption
* Supervision, finalization of adoptions
* ongoing assistance to adoptive families
* Information Dissemination regarding “Duty to Report” suspected cases of child abuse and neglect through the Purple Ribbon Campaign

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

Advocates with and provides programs and services for people with mental disorders * enhance, maintain and promote the mental health of all individuals

Services include: community support programs including case management, concurrent disorders and court support services, peer support programs, family support programs, education, volunteering and supported housing program

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society
http://www.h-pcas.ca

The Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society (H-PCAS) serves children, adolescents and families * Child and Family Services Act * services provided by the H-PCAS include:
* Child Protection * Counselling services to children under 16 years of age and their parents * Placement of children at risk in individual and group home foster family settings, * Adoption placement of infants and older children who are legally and emotionally free for adoption * Supervision, finalization of adoptions through the court * ongoing assistance to adoptive families * Information Dissemination regarding “Duty to Report” suspected cases of child abuse and neglect through the Purple Ribbon Campaign