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.

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

COVID19 – During COVID19 continuing to operate Stratford shelter and assess referrals on a case-by-case basis * in kind donations not being accepted * non-essential guests and service providers not permitted in shelter * 24 hour crisis line continuing to operate

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

Available to meet with women throughout Perth County, 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] or ShelterLink [CIOC PER0054

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 – Warming Centre at Salvation Army Thrift Store 309 Suncoast Dr. E. – Overnight accommodation at Suncoast Citadel, 303 Suncoast Dr. E 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 hospitals, 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 Helpline and Crisis Response Team for assistance

Program is mobile with police in Huron and Perth counties

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

Toronto only — initial assessment and intake for assaulted women’s shelters, call 416-863-0511 or toll free 1-866-863-0511

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

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss

COVID19 Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) staff conducting interactions with clients by phone. Call office for information, support and referrals.

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

Huron Perth Crime Stoppers
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

COVID19 Phone service only * current clients and new intakes. Continue to offer a range of services including children’s mental health, youth justice and VAW services-Renascence. Drop-in programs paused until further notice

An accredited community-based children’s mental health centre that provides assessment and treatment services for a wide range of mental health concerns for children and youth up to their 18th birthday. Offers individual, group and family counselling. Services include Youth Justice, School Based Outreach and Consultation Services for Professionals. Counselling for women who have been victims of abuse – Renascence.

Drop-in programs available to families on Tuesday mornings in Clinton and Stratford offices between 9 am to 11:30 am COVID19 paused.

Office locations in Clinton, Listowel and Stratford. Service inquiries can be direct to your nearest location.

For mental health emergencies, call the Huron Perth Helpline & Crisis Response team toll free at 1-888-829-7484. This is a hospital-based service available 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.

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

COVID19 Open for counselling and supports by phone. Call office for intake
For small business owners including farm/agriculture Mental health supports and psychotherapy to deal with uncertainty, business closure, job loss and financial stress due to COVID19.
For front line workers free virtual counselling. Call office for intake

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.

Family Services Perth-Huron is an accredited member of Family Service Ontario and a registered charity.

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

COVID19 Phone service only * current clients and new intakes. Continue to offer a range of services including children’s mental health, youth justice and VAW services-Renascence.

An accredited community-based children’s mental health centre that provides assessment and treatment services for a wide range of mental health concerns for children and youth up to their 18th birthday. Offers individual, group and family counselling. Services include Youth Justice, School Based Outreach and Consultation Services for Professionals. Counselling for women who have been victims of abuse – Renascence.

Drop-in programs available to families on Tuesday mornings in Clinton and Stratford offices between 9 am to 11:30 am. Paused until further notice during COVID19

Office locations in Clinton, Listowel and Stratford. Service inquiries can be direct to your nearest location.

For mental health emergencies, call the Huron Perth Helpline & Crisis Response team toll free at 1-888-829-7484. This is a hospital-based service available 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.

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

COVID19 Phone service only * current clients and new intakes. Continue to offer a range of services including children’s mental health, youth justice and VAW services-Renascence. * Drop-in paused until further notice

An accredited community-based children’s mental health centre that provides assessment and treatment services for a wide range of mental health concerns for children and youth up to their 18th birthday. Offers individual, group and family counselling. Services include Youth Justice, School Based Outreach and Consultation Services for Professionals. Counselling for women who have been victims of abuse – Renascence.

Drop-in every Tuesday from 9am-11:30am in Stratford & Clinton COVID19 paused

*Office locations in Clinton, Listowel and Stratford – inquiries can be directed to your nearest location

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

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

COVID19 Physical office closed and staff are working remotely to respond to client’s needs. Screeners are available during office hours to receive referrals/incoming information. Phone system will connect to answering service after hours for a Protection Worker to respond to client needs. During COVID19 court dates/services suspended except emergency apprehensions. Home visits with prescreening or rescheduled

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

COVID19 After hours response line continues to be available 519-274-2848. Visitors encouraged to phone rather than visit office. If case manager responds in person to a client situation, symptom screening will take place. The response by CMHA staff may not be the assigned case manager. Toll-free 1-888-875-2944 and dial 0 for reception

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

COVID19 Physical office closed and staff are working remotely to respond to client’s needs. Screeners are available during office hours to receive referrals/incoming information. Phone system will connect to answering service after hours for a Protection Worker to respond to client needs. During COVID19 court dates/services suspended except emergency apprehensions. Home visits with prescreening or rescheduled

The Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society (H-PCAS) serves children, adolescents and families under the 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