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Due to COVID-19, as women and the public are being told to self-isolate we anticipate an increase in calls to our 24-hour crisis line and expect our support service numbers to rise in the months to come. Isolation at home, combined with the stress of uncertainty and possible financial instability can create a dangerous environment for women in abusive relationships.

We are doing our best to support women, but we need your help.

To minimize the risk to you, our staff, and clients, we are asking for community members to refrain from dropping off donations to our location. We would like to encourage you to make an online donation or connect with us at donations@barrieshelter.com to coordinate a contribution. These funds will go towards purchasing the essentials for our clients and help us keep the lights on during this crisis.

We want to thank all of those individuals and businesses that have and continue to support us through these uncertain times. We are truly grateful for all of the contributions we have received that allow us to continue helping women in need.

Thank you once again for your support, and please stay safe.

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.

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#WrappedinCourage

The Courage of a Woman is NOT Enough

Now in its sixth year, shelters across the province are engaging the community to become more aware of the often overlooked issue of woman abuse in Ontario.

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. The purple scarf is a symbol of the courage it takes a woman to leave her abuser. However, the courage of the woman is not enough. It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women.

On average 20-30 women a year are murdered in the province of Ontario alone. It is the number two reason for calls to the emergency police services. Additionally, it overwhelmingly affects children in the areas of: focus at school; relationships with peers and adults; increased risk of participating in high risk behaviours such as substance abuse; and increased risk of anxiety and depression. Further to this, domestic and sexual violence has a significant impact on the workplace and in Simcoe Country.

During the month of November, everyone across Ontario is invited to participate in showing abused women across the province that they have our support. The United Nations has designated November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) as the first of 16 days of Action to eliminate Violence Against Women across the world. We are asking you to wear our purple scarf especially on these days to show women and their children that their community supports them and they are not alone.

Purchase a $25 scarf or tie today by emailing donations@barrieshelter.com

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.

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