NOTE: Services will likely be impacted in response to COVID-19. Please contact any service prior to visiting in person.


COVID19 - walk-in service closed, phone support provided * can be reached by telephone and email

Access to multiple supports in one location for women experiencing abuse and gender-based violence

On-site Services

* Abuse/violence counselling, sexual violence counselling * parenting support in regards to children witnessing/experiencing abuse, advice and support of Durham Children's Aid Society * help developing plan to safely leave, safety planning, injury documentation, admission to shelter * family law support and guidance * connection to government financial assistance, help identifying housing options, support in completion of subsidized housing paperwork * quarterly hygiene bags for those in financial need, clothing vouchers, access to language interpreters, and referrals to other needed supports

Off-site Services (accessed over phone)

* legal support, legal consultation with family lawyer* Legal Aid Ontario certificates and summary legal advice (if eligible) * admission to shelter, young parent support services, employment support, specialized addictions counselling * HIV, sexual health, and drug use information and support * culturally specific services, Settlement Services for newcomers to Canada * monthly food boxes for those in financial need, financial assistance to address immediate safety concerns (if eligible), police support, Outreach Services, a service of the Student Association at Durham College/ UOIT, and other referrals

Video chat connection to DRIVEN is available through the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in Ajax, the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in Pickering, New Life Neighbourhood Centre in Oshawa, and North House in Uxbridge
COVID19 -- To access emergency accommodation at hotels/motels for victims for gender-based violence or trafficking call Victim Services at 905-441-9202 Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm or Ontario Works, Whitby at 905-666-6239 Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Women experiencing abuse and gender-based violence
Application Process
Walk-ins and appointments welcome
* walk-in time may vary
Bethesda House 24-hr support line 1-800-338-3397
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English; Interpretive Services; Other - Access to language interpreters in person with advance notice, on phone, and on video chat connection
None - All programs and services are free including child minding
Fully Accessible
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Last Updated On
October 15, 2020
707 Simcoe St S
Oshawa, ON, L1H 4K5
Intersection: Simcoe St S and Bloor St;
DRIVEN Site Location: DRIVEN
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Hours of Operation
COVID19 - walk-in clinic closed until further notice
* open for telephone support and monitoring emails Mon 8:30 am-4:30 pm except on statutory holidays
* phone and email not monitored Tue-Fri
Service Area(s)
Durham Region