If you require emergency medical assistance, please call 911 (in Thunder Bay and where available in Northwestern Ontario).
For all questions including assistance after an assault or general questions, please call (807) 684-6751. If you have recently been assaulted, please go directly to the Emergency Department at the Health Sciences Centre and ask for assistance. For those outside of Thunder Bay, please go to your local emergency department.
Patients with mobility issues can now exercise their arms, wrists and shoulders while in bed instead of having to be moved to the gym in the Physiotherapy Department. A new, mobile arm ergometer unit, purchased through a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant, is easily transported to a patient’s bedside for required cardiovascular strengthening and conditioning, increasing accessibility for these patients.
If you require emergency medical assistance, please call 911 (in Thunder Bay and where available in Northwestern Ontario).
For all questions including assistance after an assault, call (807) 684-6751.
It is important to realize that you are NOT to blame.
The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SA/DVTC) is an individualized service available to victims and survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The program provides emergency medical and psycho-social treatment as well as follow-up care, by specially-trained nurses.
The care that we provide is totally patient-centred and focuses on choices made by the victim/survivor. We are not here to tell you what you should do. We are here to support you and help you do what you know is best for your personal situation.
Domestic violence and sexual assault victims who come to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for treatment will be registered as Emergency Department patients and provided care with a minimum of delay, by a duty nursing/medical staff and the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Nurse (SA/DV).
Services are also available for anyone in Northwestern Ontario by calling (807) 684-6751. For emergency treatment, please contact your local emergency services or hospital emergency department.
TBRHSC is pleased to share this very important training with members of the public and with other places of employment. This module is offered to hospital staff on an annual basis and while we believe the content is important for our staff in the workplace we also understand that it has value for us as individuals and as members of our community. We hope that you will take a few minutes to review it and also to encourage others to do the same. We all have a role to play in reducing violence and improving the health of our community.
Click here to begin the Domestic Violence e-Learning Module for the Public
The initial Emergency Department care will be provided
only with the patient's informed consent. You may consent to some, all, or none of the care options. If
you decline to consent to any of the options, you will not be denied medical treatment for the assault. You may withdraw your
consent to any of the options at any time during your visit. This initial care may include all or part of the following:
Follow-up is available. Should that choice be made, contact will be by the SA/DVTC follow-up
nurse, and may include:
The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SA/DVTC) can help with medical and counselling services. These
services are fully confidential, and we only provide the help and support you need. Police involvement is totally voluntary as
well, except in certain specific cases. Our only concern is to ensure you have the help and support you need, when you need it
most. It helps to talk to people. Call
(807) 684-6751 to talk to one of our specially trained nurses about any questions you have about
our services or your particular situation. We can also help if you have concerns about friend or loved one involved in a
relationship where abuse is occurring.
Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity with another person without their consent.
Domestic violence is abuse by an intimate partner, and may include physical assault, and emotional,
psychological, and sexual abuse. It can include threats to harm children, other family members, pets and property. The
violence is used to intimidate, humiliate or frighten, or to make you powerless. Domestic violence may include a single act of
abuse. It may also include a number of acts that may appear minor or trivial when viewed alone, but collectively form a
pattern that amounts to abuse. Is your partner…
Both Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence are criminal acts. Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment
Centre is a program of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and is affiliated with the Ontario Network for Sexual
Assault. Call us at
(807) 684-6751 to talk to one of our specially trained nurses.
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of the address bar (universal three horizontal lines icon)
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'Safety' dropdown menu on the right
Ctrl+Shift+P; Safari 5 incognito browsing can be accomplished by entering 'Private Browsing' mode via
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Depending on your preference, the private tab or window can be accessed via the browser's Tabs and Windows menu or through
a keyboard shortcut. This page lists all the browsers and how to access the Private Browsing features in each:
Are you worried that someone might find out you visited this website? The Internet is a great resource for
finding information that can help you make decisions about your personal situation. However, it's important to understand
that the record of your Internet activities does not disappear when you close your browser. If the person who is abusing you
is good on a computer, it may not be safe for you to be visiting sites for abused women unless you take precautions to hide
your Internet activities. These precautions include the following steps to help you remove your Internet history if you are
concerned that the person abusing you could check up on your Internet activities:
If you are using Internet Explorer: 1. From the "Tools" menu at the top of the screen, click
"Internet Options" 2. Click the "General" tab in the small pop-up screen that appears 3. From the
"Temporary Internet Files" section, click the button "Delete Files" 4. From the "History
Section", click the button "Clear History" 5. Click "OK"
The following list of resources is provided to assist in your search for information
regarding child sexual assault/abuse. The information is not meant to take the place of professional medical or legal
advice. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional counselling where such is indicated. We have included
resources that we, The Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SADVTC) have reviewed as well as resources
recommended by other professionals. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre does not control nor bear responsibility
for the content contained on the websites.
What to Teach Your Child
Choosing A Child Safe Organization
http://www.stopsexwithkids.ca A campaign initiated in
Manitoba to address sexual exploitation and raise awareness about children who are exploited through the sex trade; see
Safety Strategies – specific fact sheets on personal safety and healthy child development for various age groups.
http://www.cybertip.ca Canada’s National tip line for reporting
the online sexual exploitation of children.
http://www.kidsintheknow.ca Interactive safety education
program for increasing personal safety of children and reducing their risk of victimization online and in the real world,
kindergarten to highschool.
http://www.texted.ca Geared towards teens to teach how to be safe,
responsible and respectful users of texting technologies.
Sexual Abuse – What Happens When You Tell: A Guide For Children
Sexual Abuse – Counselling A Guide for Parents and Children…
Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents
When Boys Have Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Young Boys
When Girls Have Been Sexually Abused: A Guide For Young Girls
When Teenage Girls Have Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Teenagers
When Teenage Boys Have Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Teenagers
When Children Act Out Sexually: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Kids Help Phone
bilingual, and anonymous counselling.
Love Is Respect: The National Dating Abuse Hotline
Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence
MTV sexting, cyberbullying, digital dating abuse campaign
Scarleteen: Sex Education for the Real World
ThatsNotCool.com "Where's Your Digital Line?" and See It and Stop It!
www.teenadvice.about.com Advice on
love, sex, dating, your body, school, and money
Services for Victims of Crime (Ministry of Attorney General)
www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/programs.asp Lists all the programs and support
centres that the Ontario government provides for victims of crime, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and others.
Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) Provides information, assistance and support to victims and
witnesses of crime throughout the criminal justice process in order to increase their understanding of, and participation
in, the criminal justice process. Offered by the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, VWAP services include crisis
intervention, needs assessment, referrals to community agencies, emotional support, case specific information (court
dates, bail conditions) and court preparation and orientation.
Community Legal Information Ontario
www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/handbook Do You Know a Woman Who is Being Abused – A Legal Rights
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
www.cicb.gov.on.ca/en/index.htm Information on how to receive compensation if you have been a victim
of crime such as sexual assault or domestic violence.
Family Law Education for Women
information for women under Ontario family law. Available in 14 languages including French. Also addresses specific
communities such as Aboriginal, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, domestic immigrant women, women with disabilities.
http://www.tbaycounselling.com/en/counselling/ Support for men who have
been sexually abused or assaulted.
www.malesurvivor.org/ For boys and men
who have been victims of sexual assault. Online support and information.
The Men's Project
CRISIS AND SUPPORT SERVICES (Ontario) Available 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday at
1 in 6 Organization
www.1in6.org/ An online web service geared
to support men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.
Public Health Agency of Canada
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/publications/mlintima-eng.php Gives information including statistics,
consequences, prevention and interventions and some general referral information for men who have been in or are
currently in abusive relationships.
When Males Have Been Sexually Abused as Children: A Guide for Men
www.beendigen.com/ Community Support services
to families including housing, counselling, and healing programs.
Ontario Native Women's Association
Community Wellness Program – Assists Indigenous families experiencing family violence by working one on one to develop
an action plan for identified concerns, providing victim service referrals, and offering Indigenous Culture based healing
Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre
http://www.ofifc.org/centre/thunder-bay-indian-friendship-centre Indigenous Healing and Wellness
Strategy – Offers counselling and support to victims of family violence, links to emergency services, community
referrals, culture specific programs and groups
I Am a Kind Man
www.iamakindman.ca Seeks to
engage the men of Indigenous communities to speak out against all forms of abuse towards Indigenous women. Their goal is
to provide education for men to address issues of abuse against women; to re-establish traditional responsibilities by
acknowledging that our teachings have never tolerated violence and abuse towards women; to inspire men to engage other
men to get involved and stop the abuse; and to support Indigenous men who choose not to use violence.
Indigenous Sexual Health
www.aboriginalsexualhealth.ca/ Aim is to advance culturally safe health and healing for Indigenous
women through education, partnerships and community initiatives, and leadership and advocacy.
Taking Care of Each Others Spirits
www.kanawayhitowin.ca Addresses woman abuse in Indigenous communities in Ontario. Information on
warning signs of abuse, safety planning, shelters etc. within the context of indigenous beliefs.
Faye Peterson Transition House
Offers 24-hour crisis line and counsellors, shelter for women and children, confidential individual and group
counselling, information and referrals, court advocacy, safety planning and follow up services.
www.beendigen.com/ Native Women's Crisis
Home and Counselling Services – Offers shelter to women and children, individual and group counselling, transitional
housing and support, children's programming, drug and alcohol addictions program.
Thunder Bay Sexual Assault Sexual Abuse Crisis Counselling Centre
www.tbsasa.org/ Provides Crisis Intervention (telephone/mobile response 365 days/year); counselling
(up to one year); client advocacy including information, accompaniment, and preparation through the criminal justice
system; assistance with Criminal Injury Compensation claims; and Victim Impact Statements.
Thunder Bay Counselling Centre
www.tbaycounselling.com/ Thunder Bay Counselling Centre – formerly Family Services Thunder Bay,
offers confidential counselling solutions that are responsive to the needs and life challenges of people living in
Thunder Bay. The goal is to empower individuals, couples and families so that they may lead confident lives in a strong
and healthy community.
Catholic Family Development Centre
http://catholicfamilycentre.ca/site/ Provides non-denominational individual, couple and family counselling,
Support groups for women in abusive relationships, counselling for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, parenting
Children's Centre Thunder Bay
www.childrenscentre.ca/ The Children's Centre – Thunder Bay is a children's mental health
centre. They provide mental health services and support services to troubled children, adolescents and their families.
Kid's Help Phone
www.kidshelpphone.ca/ Toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling,
referral, and Internet service for children and youth. Provides immediate, caring support to young people in urban and
rural communities across the country.
Le Centre des Femmes Francophons du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (CFFNOO) est un organisme d'aide et de
lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS). Sa mission est de travailler pour mettre fin à toutes les
formes de violence faite aux femmes et de revendiquer le respect des droits et la multiplication des choix qui
s'offrent aux femmes, en poursuivant ses buts de:
The Centre des Femmes Francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (CFFNOO) is a non-profit community organization
offering services in French to francophone women 16 years and older in the area of violence against women. They offer a
diversity of programs and support as needed to French-speaking women and their children. In Thunder Bay:
807-684-1955 In Geraldton:
807-854-9021 Toll free:
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Information about child abuse and how it affects trust, power, intimacy, and sexuality in adulthood, helping you
understand how your partner can recover from child abuse, and help you get support too.