Our counsellors are available 24/7 to take calls from women in crisis to immediately assess the level of danger and help women take appropriate action. Our crisis and support line is a critical first step for women experiencing abuse, and we ensure that every single call for help is answered. We answer, on average, 83 calls per week.
One has sixteen beds and four cribs, providing space for four families, and including one accessible unit. Our second shelter has sixteen beds and three cribs, providing space for five families, and including one accessible unit. Inside our walls, women and children know they are safe. The next step is to begin to rebuild their lives using an array of our services.
Each woman who comes to our doors has her own set of circumstances and experiences and we work with each person to help her chart her own path to a new life:
Children who experience or witness abuse are impacted in many ways – not all of which are immediately visible. We work with each child in their own time and space to build trust, help them express their feelings, and help them enjoy their childhood.
In order to end domestic violence, we need people to talk about it. We need to identify it, prevent it and understand the options available to help those who are hurting.
Women who endure abuse do so in silence, and often, in isolation. We are their voice.
Through our work in public education, we facilitate discussions in schools and elsewhere in the community about the harmful effects of domestic violence. We conduct abuse prevention workshops for students from Grade 6-12 through our Schools for Change program, speak with college and university students about intimate partner abuse, and provide our unique perspectives to professional associations and groups who may come in to contact with abused women. We also conduct workplace Lunch & Learn sessions on Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act.
Caring Dads is a 17-week group intervention program for men who have abused, neglected or exposed their children to domestic violence. Caring Dads is a child centered program and focuses on directly engaging fathers in efforts to enhance the safety and wellbeing of their children. Founded in 2001, the Caring Dads Program was designed from the premise that violence against women and violence against children are intricately intertwined, and that these two issues can and should be addressed together. In consultation with children protective services, children’s mental health agencies, women’s advocates, centers for children and families involved in the justice system, the program was developed by Dr. Katreena Scott, Dr. Claire Crooks, Tim Kelly, and Dr. Karen Francis. Yellow Brick House will be the first organization in York Region to offer the Caring Dads Program!
Group facilitation to begin December 2022.