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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.

Domestic Abuse Through The Eyes of 6 Survivors

Through the eyes of 6 survivors we learn complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. Their experiences provide a lens into a world that is largely invisible; a world we have have ignored and locked behind closed doors with our silence – until today.

Women’s Advocacy Council

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

Learn and share the importance of topics like gender equity, violence/harassment, leadership and safety in our community, and more.  

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*Video content warning – topics may be difficult or triggering.  

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

Violence Stops With You(th) Symposium

Violence Stops With You(th) is a one-day educational training workshop created for youth ages 12-18.

This free event will feature a presentation on Relationship Dynamics and Violence and will support youth in understanding and identifying the dynamics that create both healthy and unhealthy relationships. It aims to educate on the impacts and scope of intimate partner violence on both a personal and societal level.

We are equipping youth with strategies to help end violence and abuse in our community and for youth to be part of advocating for social justice.

#AgentsOfChange #ViolenceStopsWithYOUth 

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Lice Squad 20th Anniversary TAKE THE LEAP Superhero Skydive

Want to support a great cause while crossing off a bucket list item? We're taking the leap to end violence against women and children and bringing awareness to intimate partner violence by jumping out of a plane! Join us in the air or on the ground by donating to this fundraiser or joining us as a jumper. Create a team for your business and throw your boss out of a plane.

Back To The 80's 20th Anniversary Celebration

LICE presents Back to the 80’s Benefit Concert and Superhero Skydive in support of the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie. Join Lice in celebrating their 20th anniversary June 17th at Wasaga Skydive Klondike Park grounds featuring Robert Laidlaw performing the best of Honeymoon Suite, Platinum Blonde, plus Gordon Deppe from Spoons Country music star Ryan Connolly!

Smart 4-Pak ($20+HST)
Early Bird Tickets ($25+HST)
VIP Meet & Greet ($50+HST) includes:
** Photo with Gordon Deppe
** Autographed Swag
** Front of Stage VIP Seating

This is an ALL AGES event with 19+ Licensed Area (Photo I.D. Required


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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