COBOURG, ON – A new under-one-roof community service hub to support women who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault is opening in Northumberland County. The Hub, which is operated by Thrive: Northumberland Coalition to End Violence is a walk-in service that operates every Monday from 9am to 1pm. The Hub will be located inside Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, 40 Swayne Street, Cobourg. All services provided at the Community Hub are free and confidential. Free parking and childcare is provided.
Thrive Northumberland is a coalition of community agencies dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence for women living in the County. The Thrive Violence Against Women Community Hub is based on a provincial framework of best practice. It works to enhance the level of service made available to women who have experienced abuse or violence through community collaboration. The Hub provides women with immediate access to essential onsite support services, ensuring confidential consultations, and facilitating direct referrals to offsite partners.
“The Thrive Community Hub is designed to provide access to multiple services at one location for women 16+ who experienced abuse or violence,” says Nicole Beatty, consultant to the project. “Women can choose from a multitude of services, including family court information, crisis counseling, links to shelters, primary health care, Ontario Works income and employment support as part of her personal action plan.”
The services provided at the Hub focus on four key areas of support for women: crisis counseling, safety planning, legal counseling, and housing and income support. Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, Northumberland Community Counseling Centre, Highland Shores Children’s Aid, Northumberland County Community and Social Services, The Help Centre and the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre will provide onsite counseling and support. There are also an additional 30+ community partners that women will be able to be referred to by visiting the Hub.
“Freedom from domestic abuse is a fundamental human right for everyone,” says Beatty. “The Thrive Northumberland Coalition to End Violence believes that everyone is responsible for ending violence against women and creating a violence-free community. Our Community Hub is coordinated help under one roof for women in Northumberland County who have experienced abuse or violence. This is a safe place for women to come and receive immediate, direct and inclusive support.”