Native Child and Family Services offers support to women, children and men to aid in the prevention of and healing from abusive relationships.
Women’s Empowerment Circle
Empowerment Circle sessions are a safe opportunity to be with other women who have experienced or are experiencing various forms of abuse in their relationships. The program is also open to women who lack self-esteem and need a social network. Participants explore the impact of their relationships, help each other on their healing paths, and work towards becoming self-supporting. Traditional and mainstream approaches include ceremonies and teachings honouring womanhood.
Understanding the types and cycles of abuse
Safety planning for women and children
Women’s rights involving police, family and court matters
Building healthy relationship
Self-care and self-esteem building
Butterfly teachings and women’s teachings
Building internal and external supports
Child care, TTC and dinner are provided. You do not have to leave the relationship to attend.
For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Circle, call 416.969.8510.
Here to Help
Here to Help is a group program that provides a safe and supportive environment for children aged 4 to 16 and their mothers who live in families where abuse has occurred.
Kids exposed to aggressive fighting between their parents may learn that this is the only way to solve problems, deal with frustration and have their needs met. To stop the cycle of violence, children need the opportunity to talk about what they are experiencing at home. Through Here to Help, both kids and moms are supported in their healing from the impact of woman abuse.
There is no charge for this program. Transportation costs, childcare for children under 4, and a hot meal are provided.
Here to Help is offered in partnership with Jewish Family & Child, the Child Development Institute, Yorktown Family Services, YWCA Toronto, and Centre francophone de Toronto.
For more information about Here to Help, call 416.969.8510.
Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program: Ishkode Winini (Fire Keepers) Circle
The PAR Program is a court-mandated program for men who have been brought before the courts due to their abusive or violent behaviour.
Weekly sessions incorporate traditional teachings and cover a wide range of topics, including:
The cycle of violence
Power, control and equality
Accountability, excuses for behaviour
Awareness of feelings
The effects of family violence; children who have witnessed violence
Good communication, active listening
Grief and loss; rites of passage