Counselling Services and Court Services

Elizabeth Fry Toronto provides a broad range of counseling services to women who are, have been, or are at risk of conflict with the law, both in the community and institutions. Our counsellors work from a women centered, non-judgmental approach and utilize a counseling model that  customizes service plans to the individual needs and concerns of our clients.   Counseling is available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all individual services are  free of charge. 

Services include:

Healing from Abuse & Trauma Services

Provides individualize counselling and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse of any sort including: domestic assault, childhood abuse, sexual abuse and abuse in the context of cults and child pornography as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The service aims  to assist women establishing of a sense of physical and psychological safety and wellness while helping to bring balance and hope back into their lives of our clients.

 

Reintegration Counselling Services

Provides one-to-one and group counseling for women on provincial probation and parole. Using a harm reduction framework, clients are provided with the skills and resources necessary to develop alternatives to theft, fraud, and substance use behaviors.

 

Parenting Services

Offers support to mothers reuniting with families post or during incarceration. The goal of this service is to develop strong and responsive parenting skills among women who have been separated from their children, had to parent while in prison or are rebuilding family relationships upon institutional release. This service also offers women information on how to discipline with love, provides strategies for building positive self-esteem in children and offers tools for effective communication with their children.   

 

Community General Counselling Services

Provides counseling supports to women in the community dealing with a broad range of social, economic and justice disadvantages.  Through this service, women are timely, accurate information pertaining to their legal rights, health and safety and alternatives to at risk behaviors.   

If you would like to contact a counsellor or receive more information about our Counselling Services, please contact us  at 416.924.3708 or  or email the counsellor for each program a listed in our staff directory.

 

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 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. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. - 12 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.

Susan is a public speaker, educating people about the criminal justice system and legal rights. She exudes confidence and speaks with passion. It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, Susan was struggling with low self-esteem and was extremely shy. After a long history of incarceration, Susan was determined to change her life for the better. Susan joined the Peer Leadership program and developed public speaking skills, connected with positive role models and built her confidence. Susan is now a community educator, has re-connected with her family and is mentoring new members of the Peer Leadership program.