Women's help line goes province-wide
TORONTO A help line for assaulted women in Toronto is expanding
to address the needs of women across Ontario.
For the last 16 years, "The Assaulted Women's Help Line" has offered
round-the-clock services in more than 150 languages.
Each year, the help line receives more than 25,000 calls. Once it
expands province-wide, organizers expect to field more than 50,000
calls per year.
Director of programming, Beth Jordan, says a program like this one is
needed across Ontario now more than ever.
"Women province-wide will have access to immediate crisis
counselling, crisis intervention, support, [and] referrals to
community-based services," says Jordan.
She says one in four women in Ontario are now in abusive
Jordan says the Provincial government granted the help line $4.5
million in funding to help it go province-wide.
The toll free number is 1-866-863-0511.
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