Woman in fear of domestic abuse

This Version Posted: June 8, 2020

Domestic Violence

While physical distancing, self-isolation and staying home are important messages during COVID-19, homes are not always safe places to be. For women and children living at risk of domestic violence, the coronavirus is creating further barriers to accessing help. 

What You Can Do 
  • Stay in touch with neighbours or friends who you know, or suspect may be at risk of domestic violence. Social media chat functions or texting are another, easier way to maintain contact 
  • Learn about community supports that you can access, or refer others to, in the event domestic violence takes place  
  • In an emergency, contact 911 
Community Supports 

City of Kawartha Lakes 

Outreach Services and Family Court Support Services – These are offered through a virtual response. Outreach counsellors are available to provide support to current and new referrals. Call: 705-878-4285  

Northumberland County 

Haliburton County 

  • YWCA Peterborough Haliburton – YWCA’s 24-Hour Support and Crisis Line is available and answered by skilled, empathetic staff. Call: (705) 991-0110. 
Additional Resources 
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline – 24/7 crisis counselling and referrals to shelters, legal advice and other help in over 200 different languages, including 17 Indigenous languages. Toll free (Ontario) 1-866-863-0511, 1-866-863-7868 TTY. Mobile (Fido, Rogers, Bell, Telus) #SAFE (#7233). 
  • Legal Aid Ontario – Toll-free number remains open to provide assistance during COVID-19. Call: 1-800-668-8258 

Child Abuse and Neglect

Financial stress, school and daycare closures and social isolation are all putting extra pressure on families. This in turn, could increase the risk of neglect and physical, emotional, sexual abuse for children.  

Children who had support from teachers or other adults in their daycare/school community may now find themselves cut off from help. 

How You Can Help: 
  • Report suspected child abuse to your local Children’s Aid Society (hyperlink to section below) 
  • Stay connected with the children and teens in your life. Text, call and let them know you care about them 
It’s the Law:  

In Ontario, everyone (including members of the public and professionals who work closely with children)  is required by law to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. If you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection, you must report it to a Children’s Aid Society (CAS).  

Contact your local CAS: