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Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about sexual assault and what we do across the province of Ontario. We will be posting updates each day for the entire month of May! 

ONSADVTC Receives research funding for project on Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women


Congratulations to Dr. Janice Du Mont, Sheila Macdonald and Dr. Anita Benoit for receiving one of three funding awards from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  The research project will assess the impact of police involvement on indigenous women and girls’ use of services at Ontario Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres. 

Quick facts:

  • Indigenous women in Canada are three times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women.
  • It is estimated that one in three Canadian women experiences sexual assault.
  • Research indicates that fewer than four per cent of sexual assaults are reported to police.
  • Ontario has committed $41 million over three years to support implementation of the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan.

Click here for more information. 

Let's talk about Sexual Assault


Sexual Assault is any form of unwanted sexual activity that is forced upon a person without that person’s consent. This can range from unwanted sexual touching to forced intercourse. While most assaults are perpetrated against females, males and trans persons are also sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is a crime in Canada.

Many victims are assaulted by someone known to them; a colleague, friend or ex-boyfriend. The days, weeks and months after a sexual assault can be very confusing for a victim, and everyone reacts differently to their experience of violence. There is no ‘normal’ reaction to such a traumatic event.  It is important to remember that everyone deals with assault in their own way.

If you have been sexually assaulted, please contact your closest Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment centre for assistance - find one near you.


Premier Kathleen Wynne Announces $1.1 Million Annually for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

Read about the announcement here.
 From Left to Right: Sly Castaldi, Kathleen Wynne, Tracy MacCharles and Sheila Macdonald (Ontario Network of SA/DVTCs) at the Ontario announcement of funding for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres on August 21, 2015. 

Action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment

This is Ontario's new action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. Read more about the action plan here. #WhoWillYouHelp?

Café Scientifique: Speaking Out About Teen Sexual Assault

 From Left to Right: Sheila Macdonald (Ontario Network of SA/DVTCs), Anoodth Naushan (METRAC), Janice Du Mont (Women's College Research Institute), Andrea Villanueva (Project Slut), and Todd Minerson (White Ribbon) at the Café Scientifique: Speaking Out About Teen Sexual Assault event on May 6 at Jarvis Collegiate Institute. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the event was an opportunity for grade 9-12 students to learn more and participate in a discussion about the sexual assault of teens. 
Community Resources! Are you a like-minded community group or organization and looking for educational resources? Check out our Community Resources page for pamphlets, posters and other useful information! 

Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Guidelines - Guidelines for treatment of SA/DV clients at Ontario Hospitals without a designated treatment centre (updated 2013).

Increasing knowledge, enhancing care.

Welcome to the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres. Established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 1993, the Network provides leadership and support to 35 hospital-based sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres across Ontario.

Together, we ensure that women, children and men who are victims/survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence have access to comprehensive and timely support to address their individual medical and legal needs. Our members are the nurses, social workers, physicians and support staff of the various treatment centres that, together, form the Network.

Similar to an association, our main role is to support our members. But, in addition, through collaboration in research, education and training activities, the Network strives to establish standardization in service provision across the province. We also act as the voice of the 35 centres, lobbying for change and working to influence public policy.

Together with our members, we work to ensure that victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence receive the highest quality of care and support possible.

We also strive to be an important source of information and expertise about the health and forensic care of victims of violence. Our members work closely with medical and legal professionals and other community partners, providing expertise, research, education and training in the prevention and treatment of, and legal process for, sexual assault and domestic violence.


Help break the silence, helpful resources are available in Ontario:

1-888-579-2888 or 416-314-2447

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Provincial Crisis and Support Line


Last update: 29 April 2016