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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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.