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New Directions

New Directions is a 12 week group counselling program that helps individuals take responsibility for and change behaviour that has been hurtful, disrespectful, controlling, or abusive to a current or former spouse or intimate partner.

Who Attends New Directions?

New Directions offers services, in both official languages, to adults (18 years of age and over).  Clients can be referred to the Program in two ways:

  • As a condition of a Court Order after being charged with, or found guilty of, a domestic violence offence;
  • On a voluntary basis. Individuals can be self-referred or referred by a community agency.

New Directions also provides services for gay, lesbian and transgender clients. Depending on the demand, these services may be provided in a group or individual format.

Contact the Program Co-ordinator, Mark Holmes, at 613-233-8478, ext. 225 or at mholmes@newdirectionsottawa.ca for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.

Partner Outreach

We provide partners and former partners of program participants with individual and group support, information and referral to community resources, and safety planning. Partner Outreach is confidential.

Program Fees are calculated by using a sliding scale and are based on the gross annual income of the client. Language and sign language interpreters are available for those who need help communicating in English or French. (No cost to client)

New Directions is funded by the Ontario Victim and Vulnerable Persons Division, Ministry of the Attorney General and the fees collected from clients.