Helping Women of
Abuse for 32 Years

Laura Burch


We are located in Durham Region (Ontario) where 25% of all calls for violent crime to our local police are domestic related. Durham Regional Police Services receive an average of 21 domestic-related calls per day (*As of July 2018). We know that only about 1 in five women report their abuse to the police therefore a possible, additional, 84 incidents are happening across the Region daily. These statistics do not include human-trafficking numbers or the incidence of abuse and violence in the LGBTQ community, and reflect only the tip of the iceberg in terms of gender-based violence in the Region. It is for this reason that we do not just provide supports to survivors, but also work toward prevention of gender-based violence with adults, youth and children through education and awareness strategies in schools and the community in general.

One of our primary goals is to eliminate as many barriers as possible for individuals accessing our services, and to this end we are very proud to be one of the first programs in the province to bring pets into the shelter with their owners.

We act on the belief that men are our partners in dealing with and eradicating the problem of abuse and violence in our community. And we believe that children deserve to grow up experiencing and understanding healthy, respectful personal relationships.

In addition, we believe that the majority of people in Durham agree with us. We could not do what we do without their support. Thank you to everyone who has helped us help our clients over the years.

New women entering
our shelter per month


Mothers and children entering
our shelter per month


Calls per month to the
crisis support line


Are turned away due to shelter capacity

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Bethesda House welcomes and encourages applications from, and provides equal student opportunities to, male and female students, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. Accommodation will be provided for students with disabilities upon request and if at all possible. Bethesda House is an LGBTQ positive space.