Programs & Services

Child and Youth Witness Support Program

This program provides support to children and youth (and their families) who are required to provide testimony in criminal court.

Services include:

  • Preparing children for court (includes court procedures, roles of court personnel, courtroom tours etc.)
  • Communicating with Crown attorneys, defence lawyers, and other justice personnel
  • Accompanying children to court
  • Support for parents and guardians of the youth and children
  • Help with victim impact statements and other applications (Criminal Injuries Compensation Board)
  • Service referrals
  • Post-court follow-ups

Cost: There is no fee for these services

Contact information:

To access child and youth witness support services or would like more information, please contact the Support Worker by telephone at 613-233-8478 or by TTY at 613-233-1866.

This program is subsidized by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

Walk In Counselling Clinic

Do you need someone to talk to?  The Walk-in Counselling Clinic provides counselling services for individuals, couples, and families on a first come, first served basis. No appointment or referral is necessary! The Clinic is a no-fee service aiming to help you deal with life’s challenges.

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                     For walk-in counselling clinics specifically for children:  Crossroads

                     For walk-in counselling clinics specifically for youth:  Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Funding provided by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network.

Counselling for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence (French only)

This program serves to help French speaking children and adolescents aged 6 to 15 and their mothers who have been exposed to, witnessed, or are victims of domestic abuse.

The children’s program offers both individual and group counseling. This program helps children understand abuse against women; find positive ways to share feelings and handle conflict; reduce shame and fear; and discuss safety planning. Mothers are also offered individual and group counselling. The focus is on helping mothers understand the impact of woman abuse on children; providing resources regarding custody and access issues; addressing self-esteem and self-care; and discussing safety planning for themselves and their child(ren).

There is no cost for this program.

Financial help is available if needed for transportation and babysitting. Language interpretation and sign language interpretation available as needed.

Contact information:

If you would like more information about the program or access services, please contact the Child Witness Counsellor by telephone at 613-233-8478 or by TTY at 613-233-1866.

This program is subsidized by the Ministry of Community and Social Services

Counselling for Children

Counselling and play therapy for children and adolescents 16 years of age and under (offered in English and French)

Therapeutic and educational groups as well as groups  for children who have been sexually abused.

 

Capacity Building/Resilience Program

Skill building groups that aim to foster and/or enhance resilience in children, youth and adults.

  • Includes groups that focus on emotional regulation, anger management and skills for living.