Services Available Through DRIVEN
All services provided at DRIVEN are free of charge and child care is available. Women experiencing abuse or any type of gender- based violence, including sexual violence, can get help here. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Services offered range from, but are not limited to, the following:
Staff available on-site during clinic hours
☐ Domestic abuse/violence counselling
☐ Sexual abuse/violence counselling
☐ Parenting support
☐ Information and support in regards to family law
☐ Connection to government financial assistance
☐ Help identifying housing options or with completing subsidized housing paperwork
☐ Admission to a shelter
☐ Advice and support from the Durham Children's Aid Society
☐ Help developing a plan to safety leave your abuser
☐ Safety Plan to help you to understand how to keep yourself, and your children, as safe as
☐ Quarterly hygiene bag for those in financial need
☐ Documentation of injuries to keep as a record of your abuse
☐ Access to clothing vouchers
☐ Access to language interpreters
☐ Referrals to other community agencies
ACCESS TO OFF-SITE SERVICES:
Access to services over the phone
☐ Legal Aid Ontario certificates and summary legal advice (if eligible)
☐ Legal support for criminal law
☐ Culturally specific services
☐ Settlement Services for newcomers to Canada
☐ Police support
☐ Financial assistance to address immediate safety concerns (if eligible)
☐ Emotional and practical support for victims
☐ Young Parent Support Services (age 26 and under)
☐ Employment Support
☐ Monthly food box for those in financial need
☐ Emergency clothing (new and gently used) for those in financial need
☐ Specialized addictions counselling
☐ Outreach Services for students of Durham College/UOIT
☐ Supports for women living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
☐ HIV, sexual health, and drug use information and support
☐ Referrals to other community agencies
DRIVEN is open every Monday except on Statutory holidays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Our last appointment is at 3:15pm.
We're located at 1320 Airport Blvd. in Oshawa. The entrance is beside the playground, on the east side of the building.
Monday is currently the only day the clinic is open for direct service. If you would like to make an appointment ,or need more information, you can contact us at 905-432-SAFE  or 1-877-905-SAFE throughout the week.
Video Chat Connection:
Women can connect to DRIVEN over video chat through our partnerships with the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, the New Life Neighbourhood Centre, and North House. These collaborations integrate technology to bridge the distance giving women access to the DRIVEN supports via video chat.
The Welcome Centre Immigrant Services and DRIVEN collaborate to provide direct service to Ajax and Pickering. To access this support go to the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in Ajax at 458 Fairall Street (Unit 5) or the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in Pickering at 1400 Bayly Street (Unit 5). The video chat can only occur during the DRIVEN hours (Mondays 8:30am-4:30pm).
Women can also access the DRIVEN supports via video chat from the New Life Neighbourhood Centre. To access this support go to the New Life Neighbourhood Centre at 33 Olive Avenue in Oshawa. This video chat connection can only occur on Mondays between 10am-1pm.
North House is piloting a DRIVEN video chat connection between June 20th, 2016 to September 26, 2016. Women living in North Durham can access the DRIVEN supports via video chat from the Nourish Community Hub located at 16 York Street in Cannington. This video chat connection can only occur on Mondays between 9am-12pm.
Help With Transportation Costs:
Support for transportation costs may be available. Eligible women can receive taxi chits for travelling to and from DRIVEN as well as from DRIVEN to another agency providing related support. Contact DRIVEN for more information and to determine if you qualify.
Funding for transportation costs provided through a grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation and its partners.
Staff available on-site during clinic
On-Site Service Partners - click the logo to visit their
Access to services over the phone as
Off-Site Service Partners- click the logo to visit their website.
|AIDS Committee of Durham Region provides accessible, culturally competent, and holistic support, education and outreach services to people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, those at-risk, and their support networks in Durham Region. Our vision is to lead in the creation of a safe and healthy community, free from stigma, where every person has the opportunity for a meaningful and fulfilling life.|
||Community Development Council Durham strives to ensure that all members of the community are appropriately and equitably engaged in the social, cultural, economic and political life of our community. We prevent homelessness by helping Durham residents to find and/or maintain their housing. Our goal is to help newcomers fully engage in all aspects of Canadian life, social, economic, political and cultural, to maximize the benefits of their participation and contribution to Canadian society. Connecting newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and the community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement.|
|The Durham Regional Police Service takes a proactive approach to policing by utilizing community partnerships to identify problems and collaborate on solutions. Credible partners with specific expertise, and our community at large, play an integral role in defining the quality of life we expect and in creating safe neighbourhoods.|
|The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre as an Employment Ontario agency can help with all stages of your job search. We have funds to give to employers to offset the initial cost of hiring, and funds to give to service users to remove barriers to employment such as transportation, clothes, etc. We also assist with applications for Second Career for career training and upgrading. Our counsellors are non-judgemental, effective listeners, and work at the comfort level of the client. 70% of our service users secure employment, >10% enroll in career related education. We are proud to partner with DRIVEN and to support their mandate.|
|Legal Aid Ontario is proud to partner with DRIVEN. Women who come to DRIVEN can call our toll-free line and go to the top of the queue to apply for legal aid and/or get immediate confidential advice over the telephone, from one of our lawyers. Our lawyers can answer legal questions, explain safe mediation and refer clients to other LAO services.|
If you qualify, Ontario Works can provide you with:
- Financial Assistance to help you cover the costs of basic needs (e.g. food) and housing costs, and
- Employment Assistance to help you prepare for and find a job.
Use the link to learn about how to apply for Ontario Works.
Outreach Services, a service of The Student Association at Durham College and UOIT, works to ensure equality and equity within the campus community and beyond by offering students peer support, resources, and referrals. Outreach Services also provides educational and social events, campaigns, and workshops on the Durham College and UOIT campuses.
Within Outreach Services, there are four unique Centre's:
Campus Food Centre
Pride & LGBTQ Centre
Sexual Health Resource Centre
|Pinewood Centre has specialized in addiction counselling since 1967. We provide a range of treatment services to people who are affected by substance use and gambling. Our services are continually evolving in response to community needs and provincial directions|
|Housing Services Division, manages the social housing waiting list for the Region, which includes both affordable and subsidized rental housing programs. Overall, Housing Services is responsible for Social Housing Administration, Housing Operations, Homelessness Initiatives, and Housing Development.|
|Rose of Durham has been servicing the Young Parent population since 1988. We provide a range of services to young parents meeting individual, educational, health, and parent education needs. Our services are continually evolving in response to client needs and community directions|
|The Denise House believes that women and children fleeing violence have the right to a safe, compassionate, inclusive and respectful environment where they can begin their journey towards healing and choosing their own future. We believe in and support a nourishing healthy community, fostering partnerships and working collectively to end Violence Against Women. The Denise House provides free, confidential services that include crisis support, crisis shelter support, information and referrals as well as Community Support programs for women who wish to remain in their communities.|
|Victim Services of Durham Region, Victim Services of Durham Region, a community based, not-for-profit program funded by the Government of Ontario, recognizes the importance of all victims, witnesses and their families being treated with compassion, respect and having access to the services that they need, when they need it most. Working in partnership with the Durham Regional Police Service since 1998, Victim Services of Durham Region offers the following services: early intervention, addressing immediate safety concerns, needs assessment, development of personalized referral form or service plan, safety planning, the provision of information, referrals to counselling and relevant community and government support services, enhanced support, follow-up , and services as provided to eligible victims under the Victim Quick Response Program.|
|VWAP staff provide victims and witnesses of crime with information and assistance throughout the court process to enhance their understanding of and participation in the criminal justice system. These services include: emotional support and crisis intervention; referrals to community agencies; answers to questions regarding the criminal justice system, court procedures and your role; provide copies of court papers; connect you with the Crown in charge of your case; prepare you for going to court.|
||Founded in 1993, Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham is a registered Charitable Organization dedicated mainly to the eradication of violence against women from diverse backgrounds, immigrants, newcomers, children and youth. The organization’s aim is to provide services and programs that supports its clientele; as well as to increase public awareness of the rising incidence of woman abuse in our community. The organization works from integrated feminist, anti-racist and anti-oppression perspectives.|
|YWCA Durham's Y's WISH Shelter is a 15-bed emergency shelter for women and their children, offering housing and supports for women who are leaving abusive situations. YWCA Durham provides programs and services that provide opportunities for women, children and youth to improve their lives through safe, supportive housing, education, personal growth and development and volunteerism in a non-judgemental environment.|
Video Chat Connections:
Welcome Centre in Ajax or Pickering OR the New Life
Neighbourhoood Centre in Oshawa to be connected to the DRIVEN support over
Off-Site Service Partners- click the logo to visit their website.
Partner Agency Feedback
- Elizabeth Pierce, Executive Director, Catholic Family Services of Durham
“Utilizing technology to overcome the barrier that distance creates will ensure that women living in North Durham have access to the same information and resources that are currently available to women living in the southern part of the region.“
- Scott Burns, Deputy Chief of Police