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About Us  

“A lot of options to help with my situation that I didn't know were available."

"Friendly, respectful, understanding,  
 and professional staff."

"All the information was available in one location"

"With so many variables in my situation (housing, returning to work, daycare options, safety considerations) it was amazing to have one place to get answers/ suggestions for all the issues."

"I didn't feel judged"

"Thank you for providing me with the next steps."

"Making me feel validated in my decision to leave."

"I received help immediately."



The Big Idea

The idea to bring together a group of like-minded agencies to support victims of domestic abuse in Durham Region was introduced in 2005 using an innovative multi-agency concept.  The goal was to address the challenges victims often faced while trying to navigate the system. The concept of a one-stop shop was adapted from The San Diego Family Justice Center that has been successfully providing support since 2002.

Several agencies shared their thoughts on this concept to maximize service provision and enhance victim accessibility. A volunteer Executive Steering Committee was formed comprised of agencies that represent a broad range of skills, expertise, and commitment to breaking the cycle of violence for a healthier and safer Durham Region.


DRIVEN supports women experiencing abuse and/or any form of gender-based violence at one location by providing coordinated access to a range of specialized services.

DRIVEN Executive Steering Committee

Elizabeth Pierce
     Catholic Family Services of Durham, Executive Director

Carol Barkwell
Luke's Place, Executive Director

Jaki MacKinnon
     Bethesda House, Executive Director

Detective Sergeant Jacki Minicola
     Durham Regional Police Service, Domestic Violence Coordinator

Kathie Rideout
     Family Services Durham, Manager

Dawn Walcott- Parris
     Durham Children’s Aid Society, Director of Services


DRIVEN is a member of The Ontario Collaborative Response to Family Violence (OCRFV). .

fv OCRFV is a group of community programs that support an innovative and effective response to victims of domestic violence. Each program is designed to meet the unique needs of their community. OCRFV represent a collaboration of agencies that provide a coordinated response to maximize supports in one location, enhance victim accessibility and ultimately save lives.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the evaluation project that is being completed by the OCRFV.


DRIVEN is a member of the Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (VPCC).

vpcc The Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (VPCC) of Durham is a community network of organizations, agencies and individuals committed to the prevention, detection, prosecution and treatment of all forms of violence and abuse against women, children and the elderly.  We work together to create a coordinated, proactive and responsive community for families and individuals who have experienced abuse or violence in any form including, domestic violence, sexual assault and child or elder abuse.


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