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Orange Shirt Day – Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today is September 30th and we are supporting Orange Shirt Day by actively working to disrupt systems that affect the next seven generations. All Native American Nations are calling on the Pope to rescind the Doctrine of Discovery, as it was used to justify colonizing Indigenous lands. We ask that you donate to a IRS Society to support ongoing searches and survivors. In addition, we also ask that you stay engaged in decolonization efforts with Indigenous Peoples and the land we share today and everyday.

Below is a list of references to educate yourself & get involved!

Assembly of First Nations – Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Indigenous Watchdog

Calls to Action Accountability: A Status Update on Reconciliation

Christopher Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery – 5 Things to Know

Warrior Life by Pam Palmater


Introducing Embedding Resilience & Grounding Resistance

We are honoured to introduce you to 𝙀𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 – a new project from WomenatthecentrE!

This 37-month project is an anti-human (labour & sex) trafficking initiative. Survivors working on this project will engage in a wide range of activities including an incredibly unique “train-the-trainer” program for front line workers, hotel staff, media specialists, law enforcement, and other agencies.

Stay tuned for more updates on our activities, achievements & next steps!


For Some, Staying Home is not Staying Safe

Over the past two weeks, I have been receiving calls from survivors, in fear of how the COVID-19 will inevitably lead to frustration in their partners, which in turn will inevitably lead to an escalation in violence directed towards her and or the children. (more…)


IPV Pilot Study

Dear Members,

Please consider taking approximately 10 minutes to help with our research:

A recent Canadian study by the University of Western Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) surveyed 8,429 people across Canada asking about their experiences of domestic violence. The survey found that 81.6% of people experiencing Intimate Partner Abuse chose to tell a co-worker about it (Wathen, 2014).

We hope to create workplaces that are more supportive to people who are experiencing Intimate Partner Violence.

The first step is understanding what workplace supports are currently available. Please help by taking 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey on the attached link by November 21, 2017.

Please forward this survey on to anyone in your network who may be interested in assisting with this important research.


A call to our members



         If so, we are inviting you provide us with some feedback…


Dear WomenatthecentrE Members,

Dr. Robin Mason and Dr. Janice Du Mont of Women’s College Hospital have received funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to explore improving collaboration between Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) and adult mental health services. In an effort to better understand the current state of collaboration, a survey has been developed to collect and document the opinions and experiences of women survivors of domestic violence who have also received services from a CAS and adult mental health service providers over the same period of time. This survey is being made available to women across Ontario such as yourself (and potentially beyond) through WomenatthecentrE’s website and listserv.

The purpose of this survey is to help us determine how CAS workers and adult mental health service providers communicate (or not) when working with women experiencing abuse and in turn, inform recommendations for improved collaboration. Specifically, your responses will be first anonymized (meaning anything that could identify you will be removed), then presented at a meeting of experts and workers from groups that provide service to women and children experiencing mental health issues, substance abuse issues and/or domestic violence (to be held this November 2016). Any quotes included in the final report for the Ministry or any other publications will also be made anonymous.

The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Completion of the survey is completely voluntary and no one will ask you for your name nor will anything you say ever be associated with you when we talk about this study. If we ever do use a quote, we will ensure you cannot be identified. By clicking the link on the following page, you are consenting to participate in this survey. You are however, free at any time to opt out of answering a question, or the entire survey.

Your decision to take part or not take part in this survey will not affect your relationship with WomenatthecentrE and please note that no one will know if you participated or not. Should you chose to participate, your insights and experiences will help us make informed recommendations for improved service provision for women and children experiencing mental health issues, substance abuse issues and/or domestic violence.

If you have any questions, please contact Maeve Paterson, the study coordinator at:

416-323-6400 ext. 5140 or

We thank you for considering participating in advance and ask you to submit your surveys

by September 23, 2016. Please note that two reminder e-mails will be sent to you over the next two weeks inviting you to complete this survey.

To complete the survey, please click on the link below, or cut and paste the URL in your browser:


WomenatthecentrE makes a submission on Bill 132

On January 22, our executive director Nneka MacGregor and our board co-chair Dr. Tope Adefarakan went to Queen’s Park to make a submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, regarding Bill 132 – an Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters.

Read the full submission below!


WomenatthecentrE interviewed on Mediation Station


Our ED Nneka MacGregor and placement student Nicole Classen were guests on Gregg Fenten’s radio programme ‘Mediation Station’.

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The programme’s topic was ‘Facts to Dispel The Myths’, and were honoured to be invited to talk about the importance of getting the true facts on intimate partner violence out to the world, in an effort to dispel the common myths people associate with this issue.

Click here to listen to the entire interview.

A huge thank you to Gregg for having us back on his show and for playing a part in spreading awareness!


Nneka MacGregor interviewed about restraining orders on US radio show

Our executive director Nneka was interviewed by Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke on their radio show HER Radio, a part of Radio MD’s network of health and wellness-related radio shows.

She gave her insight on the why’s, what’s and how’s on the topic of restraining orders.

Lister to her interview on HER Radio here!