Here to Help is a group program for children ages 4 to 16 and their mothers who have been exposed to domestic violence (abuse in the home).
A powerful initiative of the JF&CS Woman Abuse program and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Here to Help provides a safe and supportive environment where both children and their moms can begin to heal from the hurtful experiences of the violence. Children exposed to aggressive fighting between their parents may learn that this is the only way to solve problems, deal with frustration and have their needs met. To stop the cycle of violence, children need the opportunity to talk about what they have experienced (and may continue to be experiencing) at home. Through Here to Help, children understand that they are not alone in their experiences; they are able to talk to other children, often for the first time, who have been exposed to the same things.
It is also known that parenting can be impacted by domestic violence. Here to Help focuses on parenting skills and strategies to assist moms in working through these challenges.
Jewish Family and Child Service is proud to be a lead agency in this unique and impactful program in partnership with Catholic Family Services, Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services, Jamaica Canadian Association, North York Women's Shelter and C.O.S.T.I.
For more information, please contact the Here to Help Program Coordinator at (416) 638-7800 x 6216