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

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]

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

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

Information, assistance and support to increase participation in the criminal court process * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * trial preparation * liaise with Crown Attorneys and police * needs assessment * victim advocacy * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund – financial help and court-based supports for victims of violent crime and families of homicide victims * assistance with travel to attend key court dates * language interpretation * real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities

Huron & Perth County 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

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.

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

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

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 for Children and Youth
http://hpcentre.on.ca

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.

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

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

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