The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce (TWC) is a safer place for women, children, and youth. We are innovative, caring leaders in providing secure shelter, crisis intervention, safety planning, counselling, and transitional services for women and children affected by abuse in Grey Bruce Counties. While our Shelter location is in Owen Sound, Ontario, we service clients in even the most remote towns of Grey and Bruce Counties. We support women and children as they build safe and sustainable lives free from abuse and violence. Our focus is to continue to find new and innovate ways to identify those who need our services, and to improve those services so that all women, children, youth have a safe place to go when they need help.
2022 marks 40 years of TWC. Violence against women remains an important issue all around the globe, and we are proud to continue to provide supports and services for women, children, and youth in our community.
As the COVID-19 pandemic trickled into 2022, we continued to see an influx of women, children, and youth who were forced to stay home with their abusers because of pandemic restrictions. We received more crisis calls than the year before. Quickly, we retrofitted our Shelter and transitional housing to ensure we were meeting physical distancing restrictions and expanding our capacity to house more women, children, and youth than ever before.
The pandemic has shone a spotlight on domestic violence showing us that home is not safe for all Canadians and highlighted a need for more programs and services so we can reach more women, especially those in other marginalized groups. Indigenous women, members of the 2SLGBTQ+AA community, immigrant women, and women of colour continue to be disproportionately affected by Intimate Partner Violence.
We have seen continued demand for our services as women, children, and youth turn to us for safety. Your support remains vital to our ability to meet their needs.