This Version Posted: June 8, 2020
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
City of Kawartha Lakes
- Women’s Resources – Services continue during COVID-19. If you need immediate help or counselling, call the 24-hour Support Line at: (705) 878-3662 or 1-800)-565-5350 (These numbers will not appear on your phone bill)
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
- Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre – Get help 24/7. Call: (905) 372-0746, text: (905) 376-3644 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig – Organization offers temporary emergency shelter for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous women and their children (16 years and younger) who are experiencing family violence. Crisis/Support lines remain open during COVID-19. Call: (905) 352-3708 or toll-free: 1-800-388-5171
- YWCA Peterborough Haliburton – YWCA’s 24-Hour Support and Crisis Line is available and answered by skilled, empathetic staff. Call: (705) 991-0110.
- 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
- Share supports like Kids Help Phone (Ph: 1-800-668-6868) in person and on social media
- Learn how to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.
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:
- Northumberland County: Highland Shores Children’s Aid (Ph: 1-800-267-0570)
- City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County: Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (Ph: 1-800-661-2843)
- Alderville First Nations: Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services (Ph: 1-844-523-2237)