‘We are open.’

That’s the message five area shelter service providers are sharing.

“COVID-19 may mean physical distancing and isolation but for those facing domestic violence, isolation means no contact with extended family, friends or co-workers”, said Janine Lafreniere, Executive Director of Nipissing Transition House. “Our fear is due to the pandemic, and the rules around social distancing and isolation, some may feel they have no place to go for help.”

“People in need of assistance may think we are closed” said Lafreniere. “We’re open and here to help those in crisis trying to flee an abusive relationship”.

Officials say if you or you know of someone in an abusive relationship are in of need help, please contact the following shelters in your area:

  • Nipissing Transition House, North Bay (705) 476-2429
  • Ojibway Women’s Lodge, Nipissing First Nation (705) 472-3321 (24 hour crisis line open, shelter location closed until further notice)
  • Crisis Centre–Four Elms Emergency Shelter, North Bay (705) 474-1031
  • Mattawa Women’s Resource Centre (705) 744-5567
  • Horizon’s Women Centre, Sturgeon Falls (705) 753-1154


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