Welcome to DRIVEN


DRIVEN provides access to multiple supports for women experiencing gender-based abuse and violence.


We work in collaboration with various partner agencies across the Durham Region to:

Open Mondays 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Limited staff from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Last appointment is at 3:15 p.m.

Services are free.
Phone and virtual support.

707 Simcoe St. South,
Oshawa, ON L1H 4G7
During the pandemic there will be no in person support. Please call to access support.


What Is Abuse?


This behaviour is referred to by various names such as:


Abuse is an issue of power and control. It involves a person abusing his or her power over another person or people. It is not due to anger problems, drinking, or drugs although these issues may make abuse worse. Abuse is a conscious choice by a person to control another person.


Abuse can be:


Types of Gender-based Violence and Abuse Against Women:


Domestic Violence: Abusive behaviour of a verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and/or financial nature against a woman committed by her current or past intimate partner or family member.


Sexual Violence and Abuse: Unwanted physical or verbal behaviour of a sexual nature against a woman committed by a current or past intimate partner, family member, friend, acquaintance, or stranger.


Elder Abuse: Violent or abusive behaviour towards an older person committed by someone in a position of trust (family, friend, caregiver, etc.).


Violence and Abuse: ...of all types, against a woman because she is a woman, committed by an employer, friend, acquaintance, or stranger.

Please be aware that DRIVEN is currently not providing in person support. Please call on Monday to access support.
DRIVEN gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Durham Community Foundation's endowment funds.
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