Resources in the District of Thunder Bay

Beendigen Inc.

A Native Women's Crisis Home and Family Healing Agency that provides a confidential, safe and supportive place where women can explore their options. Provides safety and shelter to Aboriginal women and children experiencing violence, and facilitates the cycle of healing through the delivery of culturally appropriate programs and services to individuals and families. Family Court Support Workers provide direct support to victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process. 

TEL: (807) 344-9579

CRISIS LINE: 1-888-200-9997


Catholic Family Development Centre

A not-for-profit, non-denominational family service agency dedicated to strengthening and empowering families and individuals through a high quality service within a respectful, caring environment. Group programs designed end intimate partner violence are available for men and for women.  Support groups for women in abusive relationships are also offered. 

TEL: (807) 345-7323



Centr'Elles est le seul organisme francophone qui travaille dans le domaine de la violence dans le Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario. Nous recevons un financement de la Division des services aux victimes et aux personnes vulnérables pour le Programme des centres d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS) du Procureur général de l'Ontario.

Centr'Elles is the only francophone organization in Northwestern Ontario providing services in French in the field of violence against women. Funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General through the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division for the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centres, Centr'Elles provides direct and indirect services to francophone women.

TEL: (807) 684-1955 OR 1-888-415-4156


Crisis Response Services

Mobile crisis response and 24/7 telephone services available for both youth and adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Tel: (807) 346-8282 or 1-888-269-3100


Faye Peterson House

Provides a safe and supportive temporary shelter environment, crisis services, counselling, outreach, transitional support, advocacy, early childhood education, and support groups to women, youth and their children.

Tel: (807) 345-0450

Crisis Line: 1-800-465-6971


Marjorie House

Provides a short-term sheltered and caring environment for women and their children who are victims of violence in their intimate relationships.  Marjorie House may also provide services to women at risk who are in need of a safe and secure environment. Catchment area: Marathon, Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Manitouwadge, Heron Bay North, Pic Mobert First Nation, Rossport, Pays Plat First Nation and Jackfish. 

TEL: (807) 229-2222 OR 1-800-465-3307


Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre

A non-profit, community based, feminist organization that works with women to increase their access to knowledge, skills and resources so they can make informed and strategic choices around a variety of issues: poverty, family, child welfare and criminal law, immigration, sexual harassment, human rights and more.

Tel: (807) 345-7802


Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

Offers a variety of culturally-enriched programs and services aimed to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal women and their families regardless of their status or locality. The Community Wellness program is designed to assist Aboriginal women and their families in the community who may be experiencing family violence or who may be struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An Aboriginal Victim and Family Liaison is available to provide culturally sensitive community-based victim services for Aboriginal women impacted by violence.   

Tel: (807) 577-1492 or 1-800-667-0816



Formally known as the THUNDER BAY SEXUAL ASSAULT & SEXUAL ABUSE COUNSELLING & CRISIS CENTRE, this non-profit, incorporated organization operates independently of the hospital, courts and police. The agency provides: Counselling (brief, short term and long term up to one year) and Client Advocacy: Information, accompaniment, and preparation through the criminal justice system, assistance with Criminal Injury Compensation claims, Victim Impact Statements.

TEL: (807) 345-0894


sexual assault/domestic violence treatment centre (TBRHSC)

An individualized service available to victims and survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Located within the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBDHSC), the program provides emergency medical and psycho-social treatment as well as follow-up care, by specially-trained nurses.

The care that we provide is totally patient-centred and focuses on choices made by the victim/survivor. We are not here to tell you what you should do. We are here to support you and help you do what you know is best for your personal situation.

Tel: (807) 684-6751



A help line for Aboriginal women in Northern Ontario. Services are offered 24hrs a day, 7 days a week in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree.



Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services (VCARS)

The VCARS program is a community response program providing immediate on-site service to victims of crime or disaster, 24 hours, seven days a week. With the consent of a victim, emergency services request a team of trained VCARS volunteers to provide on-site, short-term assistance to victims and offer referrals to community agencies for longer-term assistance

Tel: (807) 684-1061


Thunder Bay Counselling Centre

Provides counselling and support services specifically for women with multiple needs or who are working to overcome several life challenges at the same time, such as trauma, violence, abuse, substance use, and parenting. We also support children who have witnessed or have been impacted by violence against their mother. Services are offered through one unique location at the Centre's Hope Place; a safe, welcoming and child-friendly environment. Our wide range of services include counselling, registered group and drop-in sessions that are supported by childminding services. 

Tel: (807) 684-1880



The Centre offers a wide range of community-based and culturally appropriate programs and services to Aboriginal people residing in or migrating to the City of Thunder Bay. These programs and services address the distinct needs of Aboriginal peoples in the areas of justice, health, education, employment and training and relief of poverty.  The Aboriginal Healing & Wellness program offers holistic counselling throughout all stages of the life cycle for women, men, youth and children that are impacted by family violence.

TEL: (807) 345-5840


Thunder Bay Sexual Assault & Sexual Abuse Counselling & Crisis Centre

A non-profit, incorporated organization operating independent of the hospital, courts and police. The agency provides: Counselling (brief, short term and long term up to one year) and Client Advocacy: Information, accompaniment, and preparation through the criminal justice system, assistance with Criminal Injury Compensation claims, Victim Impact Statements.

Tel: (807) 345-0894


Victim Witness Assistance Program

Provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime throughout the criminal justice process in order to increase their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal justice process. Offered by the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, VWAP services include crisis intervention, needs assessment, referrals to community agencies, emotional support, case specific information (court dates, bail conditions) and court preparation and orientation.

Thunder Bay Office: (807) 626-7120 or 1-888-394-6930

Greenstone Satellite Office: (807) 854-2181