Our Gender-Based Violence program supports survivors of domestic human-trafficking, sex workers who need help exiting safely, and people who are victims of being exploited sexually on the internet. We provide trauma therapy, community supports and connect clients to important services such as housing, employment and school programs and court support.
The program is grounded in treating trauma, relational therapy and addressing human rights. As well, our program provides education on internet exploitation and cyber sexual violence, helping young people to navigate the internet safely. We believe in empowering survivors to have self-worth and to build healthy support systems.
The Gender-Based Violence Program offers three types of services:
- Trauma Therapy
Trauma Therapy is a form of therapy that therapist use to help people overcome psychological trauma. A traumatic event is one you perceive as a threat to your life, body or mental health. Trauma therapy also assist with your response to your experience. We use relational therapy, where we focus on reducing trauma symptoms, healing, building relationships, reducing shame and blame. In addition, we also provide psycho-education for participants and their family.
- Community Outreach Worker
Our Community Outreach Worker provides direct services to clients in their community and provide education around various topics related to human-trafficking. In many situations of sexual exploitation, a trafficker or also known as a pimp is meeting all the basic needs of the young person. Our Community Outreach Worker helps survivors to find alternative ways to meet your basic needs such as finding safe and affordable housing, accessing financial assistance, finding medical care and receiving ongoing trauma therapy.
- Peer Navigator
Our Peer Navigators are trained peer support workers. Our peer navigator draw on their own lived experience with gender-based violence to support participants. Peer navigators also provide guidance through community resources and system.
- Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program
The Gender-Based Violence Program offers Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program. This program offers short-term (8-12) immediate counselling sessions for children and youth who are victims of internet sexual exploitation and to their immediate family members.
*ICE is available by referral only via the Ontario Provincial Police and BOOST. Learn more about ICE.