the empowering internet safety guide for women

This comprehensive and inclusive safety guide was written for women, by women. This guide was written with the intention of empowering women to navigate the internet without fear. It discusses common occurrences in which women are subject to harassment in their daily lives – on social media, at work, while dating, and more – and give tips and advice on how women can take control.

CLEO (COMMUNITY LEGAL INFORMATION ONTARIO/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Offers education and clear information on a variety of legal topics pertaining to women and families in Ontario. An online project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights provides free, practical legal information produced by hundreds of organizations from across Ontario in a multiple languages. CLEO has also produced a variety of publications, such as, Do You Know a Woman Who is Being Abused – A Legal Rights Handbook

steps to justice

Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on family violence and partner abuse,  as well as other common areas of law such as housing, human rights and employment.


Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Information on compensation for victims of crime, including sexual assault and domestic violence.


FLEW (Family Law Education for Women)

Plain language legal information for women, including resources for specific communities, such as Aboriginal, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, domestic immigrant women, and women with disabilities. Resources are available in 14 languages and multiple formats, including audio and video.


Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

The “Family Violence Authorization Program” provides a legal aid certificate for two hours of free legal advice for those experiencing violence and needing urgent legal assistance.


Luke's Place

Family law support and guidance on how to stay safer for abused women and their children, including how to present evidence of abuse in family court. Also offers resources and training for service providers on how to support women through the criminal and family court processes.


OWJN (ontario women's justice network)

A program of METRAC, the OWJN offers legal information, including legislation and court decisions, related to violence against women in a way that is accessible and reflects women's diverse experiences.  

Additional Resources



Computers keep a record of sites visited by their users. If you are concerned that your partner will know you have searched for information and resources online, there are ways to clear your search history. As your internet service provider also keeps a record of internet activity, it is safer to use a public computer whenever possible.



An online resource to support Aboriginal women experiencing abuse, their families, communities and front line workers to better educate themselves with resources and strategies.



Innovative programs and services focused on education and prevention with the goal of ending violence against those who are at the highest risk: women and youth. 



A public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help by supporting her and talking to him about his behaviour.



Provides training and resources aimed to decrease the incidence of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children.



Tips for ensuring that electronic devices (phones, computers, etc.) are used in ways that do not jeopardize women's safety.