The help line connects callers to counsellors who understand the complexities of abuse and the issues abused women face. Women themselves may call; as well, concerned family members, friends, neighbours or co-workers of a woman are welcome to call for information on how they can help.
Referrals to other services are provided where appropriate.
What is it?
- a service connecting a caller with a counsellor for immediate access to information, support and referrals
- non-judgemental, supportive listening by someone who understands the complexities of abuse
Who can call?
- women in abusive relationships, or those who have left or are considering leaving a relationship
- neighbours, friends, family members, co-workers of a woman who is being abused
- service providers
What are some reasons to call?
- find out about counselling, shelter, or other services offered by WRRC
- get support following an abusive incident
- learn how to safety plan
- learn about risk factors
- learn about abuse: tactics, definition, impact on women, impact on children
- family and friends can learn how to support a woman who is being abused: what to say, what not to say, how to help
**Telling an abused woman that she should leave her partner is not a way to support her; it is a way to push her away from you, and further isolate her.**