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Providing support for women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with law.

We are the only social service agency in Hamilton, Kitchener, Niagara, and Brantford with a specific mandate to provide programs and services for and about women in conflict with the law.

We offer individual and group services, crisis intervention, release planning, court support, referrals, and community education.


The Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario Region provides diverse services and supports primarily to women who are criminalized and those at risk of being criminalized. We empower women and advocate social change to reduce the impact of that criminalization.


Individual Counselling Community-based general counselling, support and referral services for women and their children who have experienced abuse and/or sexual assault, including historic sexual abuse in childhood in order that they may live free of violence.
  • Crisis/support counselling (includes safety planning; advocating providing rights information, referrals, follow-up support, outreach);
  • Sexual assault counselling; and,
  • Long-term therapeutic counselling to assist women who have experienced abuse to gain a more in-depth understanding of woman abuse and empowerment and cope with the effects of violence.
This program is funded by the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Community and Social Services

For more information or an appointment call 905.527.3097 ext. 237

Pour les services en français, s'il vous plaît contacter Centre de Santé Communautaire 1320 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8H 2Y2, Tél: 905-528-0163


A barrier free drop-in from 5-8 pm every Tuesday for women involved in the sex trade. Funding thanks to Project Concern

Following Programs are thanks to United Way Halton and Hamilton

Opportunities for Women - A pre-contemplative group to assist women to self-identify issues and barriers in their lives. Weekly 2-hour meetings over 8 weeks. Participants learn to deal with issues such as self-esteem, self awareness, anger management, stress management, conflict resolution, self image, and sexuality. Facilitator-lead and group-driven. At conclusion of the group staff refer participants to services to address identified needs.

A Women’s Journey - An eight week structured support group for women who have difficulty with anger. The program provides participants with skills and tools for healthy expression of anger and self-control and problem solving. . At conclusion of the group staff refer participants to services to address identified needs.

For more information call 905.527.3097 ext. 231

Court Support - John Sopinka Courthouse 45 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 2B7
Educating individual women about the process they are entering into, guidance and strategies to mitigate the impact of criminal charges on their life, and advocating on their behalf. The Court Support Worker works closely with the Crown, other community service providers, and defense counsel/duty counsel to help develop individualized plans and strategies to manage, within the community, presenting root causes of criminal activity.

Release Planning

Support for incarcerated women in federal/provincial institutions to establish connections with community programs and services.
For more information call 905.527.3097 ext. 237 or toll free at 1.866.216.3379