COVID-19 Information

Please check here for most up to date information on The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce operations throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

 

The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce in the Face of COVID-19

 

The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce provides 24-hour services including emergency shelter, counselling, crisis line, and advocacy to hundreds of women and children experiencing abuse each year across communities in Grey and Bruce counties.

Amidst the current pandemic of COVID-19, The Women’s Centre, along with 70 other VAW shelters in Ontario, are also responding to the existing Gender-Based Violence Pandemic. We know that survivors of gender-based violence are most at-risk of violence in their own homes. We are facing a complicated and unprecedented situation, when “Self-Isolating at Home” is both the primary advice to respond to our current public health crisis, yet the most common location of harassment, violence and lethality for women and children experiencing and or at risk of gender-based violence.

The Women’s Centre is following our board approved pandemic plan and working to ensure that our dedicated staff and vulnerable clients are as safe as possible in these difficult times. We will continue to do our very best to respond to those who need support when staying at home can significantly impact the safety of women and their children.

Communication lines are open between all Ontario shelters, with their associations, and with government as we find new strategies, develop new resources and build our collective capacity to address this crisis together.

All Violence Against Women Shelter’s in Ontario have received directives from Public Health to create and implement screening plans. Our shelter will continue to receive the advice of Public Health of Canada, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and Grey Bruce Health Unit as we work through these unprecedented times and do our best to keep women and their children safe in Ontario.

The Women’s Centre appreciates support from our community over the coming weeks through donations of essential items to assist in our day to day operations, such as non-perishable food items, toiletries, and gift cards to grocery store or pharmacies. Please email madelines@thewomenscentre.org or call 519-376-0755 x103 to arrange a safe drop off time and procedure. We also appreciate donations of essential funds contributing to ongoing operational costs by cheques in the mail to 2048 A 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound ON, N4K 3H2, or online at https://www.thewomenscentre.org/donations/

If you’re seeking safety from a harmful situation, please call us toll free at 1-800-265-3722. If you’re in immediate danger, call 911. 

Heather Fowler, Executive Director