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Welcome to The Women & Children’s Shelter Barrie Website

We hope you find support, encouragement, resources and community in our pages. Women in the community who need help and support can find what they need here. Donors and financial supporters can find meaningful ways to help our work and support women who use our services. Volunteers can be connected and give back to women and children by lending their time and energy. For whatever your reasons, we are grateful and glad you found us. You are taking a proactive step to being involved.

We can work together to better the lives of abused women and their children by creating a community and services that care. Together we are making a difference and the success of women who are creating new and thriving lives is the outcome. We welcome your feedback and hope you find what you need. If you are a woman looking for support, please contact our crisis line at 705.728.2544. We are waiting for your call.


Teresa MacLennan
Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, Executive Director

About Us

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing shelter and support services to abused women and children since 1981. The agency consists of a 27 bed crisis shelter along with Outreach services onsite. Approximately 1,000 women and children are assisted by the agency annually. In addition to shelter, staff provide individual and group counselling, legal information and support, court support, information about violence against women, referrals to other community and social services, and public education in the community.

Our Mission

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie provides a safe refuge and emergency support services for abused women and their children in its commitment to end the cycle of violence.

Women’s Advocacy Council

The Women’s Advocacy Council’s long-term vision is to eliminate the gender gap in public and private spheres.

Violence Prevention Program

The Violence Prevention Program is a community based outreach and awareness initiative supporting youth ages 12-18 years old in the Barrie and surrounding area.

Upcoming Events

November 25th Flag Raising

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Friday, November 25, 2022

Barrie City Hall Courtyard.

Join us as we raise our flag to commemorate the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism from November 25  -  December 10

November is Woman Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month in Ontario. The Ontario Women’s Directorate and the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, is concerned with every Woman’s fundamental right to live in safety and security in her home and community – free from the threat of violence. 

💜 Wear your purple or purchase a purple scarf or tie to show support to those who have and continue to endure gender-based violence: 

December 6th
National Day of Remembrance &

Action on Violence Against Women

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Venue: Barrie City Hall Rotunda.
Opening Remarks & Presentation: 6:00-7:30 PM

Join us this December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. This date not only marks the commemoration of the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal but is also the first of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. 

We hope you will join us in being a partner for change. 💜

Wear your purple or purchase a purple scarf or tie to show support to those who have and continue to endure gender-based violence. Purchase at the event or in advance: 

Trauma Informed Training Level III

Tuesday, November15

9:30am - 12:00pm

Painswick Branch
Massie Room

This interactive training continues to build our community knowledge of being trauma informed.

Le Colibri est un organisme sans but lucratif offrant des services aux femmes francophones qui ont vécu ou vivent de la violence conjugale et/ou sexuelle.

La raison d’être du Colibri est de soutenir et d’accompagner les femmes, dans le respect de leurs propres choix, afin de leur permettre de déployer leurs ailes librement.

Pour ce faire, le Colibri offre divers programmes éducatifs et de sensibilisation de même que des services tels :

  • le counseling
  • le soutien à la cour familiale
  • l’appui transitoire et le soutien au logement
  • la représentation et l’accompagnement
  • l’aiguillage vers d’autres services

Tous les services et programmes du Colibri sont gratuits et confidentiels.


    80, rue Bradford, bureau 340 Barrie (ON) L4N 6S7
    Téléphone : 705-797-2060
    Sans frais : 1-877-797-2060
    Télécopieur : 705 797-2050

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