Women’s Programs in Counterpoint have served thousands since 1997, through a number of initiatives that are described below. This innovative programming, has enabled us to continue educating and supporting women on issues related to Intimate Partner Violence as well as women and children’s rights.
Women’s Support Group
The Women’s Support Group is a unique program that has operated for over 20 years where every Thursday Women survivors of gendered violence meet together to support each other, learn and heal.
Partner Contact Program
Women call to inquire about their partners’ progress and disclose significant incidents that reveal their progress or concerns. This program provides culturally appropriate referrals and support, crisis intervention, safety planning and risk assessment to women whose (ex) partners are attending our Men’s Program.
Court Mandated Program
Counterpoint provides peer support and legal advice to women who have been mandated by court, charged for violence which often times refers to a self defense reaction in crisis situations.
Supporting my Sisters
Supporting my Sisters (SMS) is a peers support network for women whose partners have been in the counterpoint PAR program. Through the network, we offer a range of fun, education, and supportive activities that women can choose to participate in in-person or virtually. An important aspect of the SMS program is a WhatsApp group where women can share information and ideas in real time. This program currently has over 50 participants.
The core of our work provides psycho-educational counselling for men who have been abusive to their partners and have been mandated to participate in PAR by the criminal justice system. Services are provided in English, Spanish and Tagalog.
Psycho-educational counselling for men who have been abusive to their partners and have been mandated to participate in PAR by the criminal justice system. Services are provided in English, Spanish and Tagalog.
Substance Abuse Program
This is an informative program consisting of eight to 12 individual/group counselling sessions designed to help participants share their experiences and listen to the experiences of others. This helps to create awareness of the harmful effects of substance abuse on a physical and mental level.
Anger Management Program
Anger Management Program consisting of eight to ten individual counselling sessions designed to help clients explore the main triggers for their anger, how anger can damage their relationships, and other topics related to managing feelings effectively.
8 to 12 weeks of individual/group counselling designed for parents to get information and support from other parents and caregivers teaching participants effective parenting skills.
The training at Counterpoint encompasses diverse aspects of domestic violence including the context of violence against women, philosophy, and principles of domestic violence work and the Coordinated Community Response model in Toronto.
Anti-Violence Work with Men
Counterpoint offers regular training courses for those interested in learning about how to work with abusive men. These courses include the Power and Control Wheel, Wheel on Healthy Relationships, Reference of Paulo Friere ‘s Pedogogy of the Oppressed and much more.
Counterpoint PAR Facilitators
This training offers a total of 185 hours of training for workers who want training to work with abusive men. It includes theory classes, group work, supervision, peer review, team development meetings, mentoring and numerous opportunities for personal and professional development in domestic violence through an internship.
Get In Touch
Office: (416) 920-0268
Emergencies: (416) 863-0511
Women's Programs: (416) 920-6516
Men's Programs: (416) 920-0268
920 Yonge Street, Suite 605
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3C7
Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm