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About Us

Who Are We?

Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes, is a not-for-profit, charitable organization created and run by local women. For over 30 years, Women’s Resources has been providing programs throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes to ensure that abused women and their children can get the help they need to lead lives free of abuse and violence.

The services provided by Women’s Resources are free and confidential.

We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of 12 women from the local community who volunteer their time and expertise. We also have over 40 staff members who work at WR to deliver our services. In addition to our staff, we have a dedicated team of over 90 volunteers. These volunteers contribute countless hours of time and their skills to our agency in a variety of roles. Volunteers are a valued part of our team.

  • Providing safety and security for women locally
  • Offering dedicated support for women who are seeking help from any type of abusive relationship
  • Maintaining a safe place for women who need help
  • Working together to support women in order to build a better community

Our Vision

Safety, empowerment and equality for all women.

Our Mission Statement

Working with the community to provide services and supports to abused women and their children and to find opportunities to end violence against women.

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The Services We Provide


Women’s Resources strives at all times to provide services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are committed to making our services barrier free.

If you would like a copy of our accessibility policy and plan, we will be pleased to provide you with one and/or read it to you.

We welcome your feedback.

Anti-Human Trafficking

Funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, WR is pleased to announce in 2021 a new program providing wrap around support to all people identifying as women who are fleeing Human Sex Trafficking.  Through this program, survivors will be supported with a one to one advocate who will assist with life skills, housing, and volunteer/employment training to help them break free from the trafficking cycle. We also provide education and awareness to vulnerable youth at risk of trafficking.

Bridges of Kawartha Lakes

Together, with many community partners from law, justice, mental health, CAS, addictions and housing, WR offers a one stop service model where women can receive information, referrals and supports from many agencies on the same day. Our hub operates on Mondays from 9 – 3 at WR. Walk-ins are welcome!

Child Witness Program

A series of group sessions for children who have been exposed to violence and abuse in their family. Mothers attend a separate group to gain information and support on the best ways to help their children.

Community Services

Individual counselling, support groups, a community support program linking women to community resources and a Resource Centre. The Child Witness Protect Program provides groups for children and youth who have witnessed or experienced abuse in their homes and support groups for their mothers.

316 women received outreach counselling and 160 women received community support to find the resources and housing they needed to help them succeed and continue to build lives free from abuse and domestic violence.

Last year, 46 children who witnessed or experienced abuse or violence in their homes participated in the Child Witness program.

Community Support Program

Women are assisted with finding the resources in the community that are needed to help them transition to a life free from abuse or domestic violence. Resources include, for example, helping women find and maintain permanent, affordable, housing.

Court Support

Women’s Resources provides court support to women who are dealing with family related matters such as custody and access. We also offer free legal certificates to women who are fleeing abuse so that they can get advice of their legal rights. This service is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Outreach Counselling

Women’s Resources offers individual counselling for women and teens who are experiencing abuse or have experienced abuse in the past, including sexual abuse.

Support Groups

A series of support groups, 8 to 10 weeks in length, for women who have encountered violence in their liv

Resource Centre & Community Awareness

Women’s Resources provides information and education on violence against women and women’s issues. A resource library is open to the public, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, offering materials for loan for two weeks. The library catalogue is available on our website.

Victoria’s Women’s Shelter & Crisis Support Line

18 Bed emergency shelter & crisis support line for women seeking safety and help from abuse or domestic violence. The shelter and crisis support line operates 24 Hours a day, seven days a week. Our emergency shelter housed 73 women and 33 children last year.

How Are We Funded?

Women’s Resources is funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of the Attorney General, federal funding through the Women and Gender Equality, City of Kawartha Lakes and various grants and foundations, corporate and individual donations and events.

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Become a Volunteer for Women’s Resources

Volunteers are the cornerstone of Women’s Resources and support us in many ways. Some of the ways in which volunteers help include: customer service and processing donations at Vicky’s Values gently used clothing store, driving women to counselling, court, legal and medical appointments, shopping and gardening at the shelter, providing child care, administrative support in program areas and participating in event planning.

Fill out our online application below to become a volunteer

Contact Us

Looking for support? Need help? Trying to find a way out of abuse or domestic violence?