Marianne’s Place is an accessible emergency shelter where we welcome all women and their children who are experiencing physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse and/or stalking or human trafficking. It’s more than just a safe place to stay. After intake, our staff will give you support and information so you can make your own choices about safety for you and your children.
All our services are free and interpreters can be arranged when necessary. You can access the shelter by calling our 24-hour Crisis Line at 519-836-5710 or, for long distance, 1-800-265-7233 for immediate and confidential support.
- Immediate telephone support and information through the 24-hour Crisis Line
- Risk assessment and safety planning for you and your children
- One-to-one counselling and support
- Group counselling
- Accompaniment, advocacy and referrals to police, court, hospital, lawyers, social services and community agencies
- Help with custody and child support issues
- Referrals for two hours of free legal consultation
- Help with immigration services
- Help with finding a new place to live
- Help with getting financial support
- Help with Victim Services, victim impact statements and court preparation
- Social and educational activities for you and your children
What to bring
If you can, bring what you use every day:
- An extra set of keys for the apartment or house and vehicle
- Small bills and change for taxis and telephone call
- Identification papers (or copies): passport, social insurance card, birth certificates, immigration papers, citizenship card, aboriginal status card, driver’s licence and registration, health cards and children’s immunization records for yourself and your children
- Divorce and custody papers
- Restraining orders, peace bonds, any other court orders
- Bank books, cheque book, credit cards, mortgage or loan papers (or copies)
- Lease/rental agreement, property deed, business or partnership agreements, rent or mortgage payment receipts
- Address book
- Photograph of your abuser to help identify him/her
- Clothing for yourself and your children
- Cell phone/laptop
- Infant or car seat
- Favourite toy/blanket
- A list of other items you can pick up later
- We cannot store large items (such as furniture).
Children at the shelter
Children are welcome at the shelter. Male children can stay at the shelter if they are 18 or younger. We offer daily programming, one-to-one counselling and support and we arrange social and educational activities. We strive to make their stay as fun as possible.
We can help you find a new school if necessary and arrange safe transportation to and from school.