Unsafe at Home Ottawa is a secure text and online chat service for women and members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Ottawa and Lanark County who may be living through increased violence and abuse at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our personnel provides emotional support, safety plans, resources and referrals using encrypted technology so conversations are confidential and secure.
We can help you with:
Talking about how you’re feeling
Creating a safety plan to reduce your risk of harm
Getting you the services you need for support
Coping with your situation
You are not alone.
You are loved.
We’re here to help.
If you think someone else could have installed spyware onto the device you’re using, you may not want to use this service.
Stay safe and cope
For many, this challenging period of physical distancing means a rise in intimate partner or family violence and domestic abuse. This might mean verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or physical or sexual violence. So how can you stay safe at home or cope with your situation?
Unsafe at Home Ottawa launched in April 2020 to offer those living with abuse or violence during the COVID-19 pandemic a safe space to reach out for help. This community-based initiative is staffed by experienced, bilingual personnel. We are committed to treating women and members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities with compassion and respect for their dignity, privacy and diversity at all times.
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Interval House of Ottawa
Ottawa Victim Services
Western Ottawa Resource Centre
Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women
Crime Prevention Ottawa
Lanark Country Victim Services
Kind Space for offering support for LGBTQ2S+ communities
Immigrant Women Services Ottawa for providing translation services in 70 different languages.
Special thanks to:
Ottawa Police Service and all partners for promoting Unsafe at Home Ottawa
If your organization wants to launch a similar safe text+chat in your community, please email email@example.com for information and resources.
The Unsafe at Home Ottawa project has been running since April 14th 2020 and has since supported many survivors of violence against women and gender-based violence. The work we do would not be possible without the generous contributions of our donors. We would like to acknowledge the following:
United Way East Ontario
City of Ottawa
Ottawa Community Foundation
Donner Canadian Foundation
Crime Prevention Ottawa
Canadian Women’s Foundation
and other generous donors
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather and work is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabe people.