Court Programs

Elizabeth Fry Toronto assists women in navigating the Toronto court system, fulfilling court-mandated requirements and developing skills at Vanier Centre for Women . Programs include:

  • Partner Abuse Response (PAR): 
    PAR is an 8 to 12 week group that offers information,  education and support to women charged in domestic violence situations. This is a fee-for-service program on a sliding scale.  Sessions are scheduled throughout the year and offered on Tuesday or Thursdays evenings from 6-8 p.m.
  • Direct Accountability Program at College Park Court: Provides alternatives to prosecution for individuals charged with minor criminal offences.
  • Court Support Programs at College Park Court: Volunteers provide practical and emotional support to women going through the court system.
  • Social-Recreational Program at Vanier Centre for Women: Volunteers provide social supports and organize recreational events for women in the institution.

If you are at College Park Court and need help, please contact the Court Support Volunteer in the office outside courtroom 506 or call (416) 598-3135 Monday to Friday.

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Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.