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Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC)

The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC) available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is a comprehensive service that assists women, men, and trans people who are victims / survivors of sexual assault and domestic / intimate partner violence.

We define "sexual assault" and "domestic violence" as follows:

  • Sexual Assault:
    Any form of sexual activity with another person without her/his consent. It includes forced kissing, grabbing, fondling and attempted or completed rape.
  • Domestic Violence:
    Verbal or physical acts used to control a person by creating fear, isolation and entrapment. Abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial. Abuse can occur in intimate relationships regardless of gender and/or sexual identities.

Mobile Locations

View this Map of SA/DVCC Mobile Sites in a larger, full screen size.


Mobile Team

Our team of nurses are mobile and can come to the following emergency departments in Toronto between 11 p.m. on Friday to 7:30 a.m. on Monday:

Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
416-596-4200

Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
416-340-3111

Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8
416-603-2581

The Michael Garron Hospital
825 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 3E7
416-461-8272

St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8
416-360-4000

St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre
30 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M6R 1B5
416-530-6000

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
416-480-6100

Acute Care

All services are provided by registered nurses.  The services include, but are not limited to:

  • Crisis support
  • Assessment and documentation and of injuries/ assault history
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Emergency contraceptive options
  • Testing for drugs that may have been used to commit the assault
  • Assessment of risk and safety planning
  • Referral to community resources

If you choose to involve the police:

  • We will carefully collect and document the necessary evidence for release and analysis

Follow-Up

After the initial visit to the hospital, a nurse will contact you to:

  • Discuss your emotional and physical well-being following the assault
  • Encourage follow-up care with us or your healthcare provider
  • Discuss any concerns with the care provided during the initial visit
  • Provide support and referrals to resources you may need  

Counselling

Counselling services at SA/DVCC are available for women, men and trans people over the age of 16, who have been sexually assaulted or who have experienced intimate partner violence. Clients who are currently experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship, as well as clients who are no longer in the intimate relationship, can access this counselling service.

Counselling services are provided at no cost to clients.

During the therapeutic process, support and education are provided to clients to explore the impacts of violence and trauma as well as strategies for coping. In response to clients’ identified needs during counselling, and in preparation for ending with the service, we provide referrals to community agencies or other programs within the hospital. We also engage in advocacy (within limits) with clients, as needed.

We provide counselling using a feminist, anti-oppressive, narrative framework in which the client and therapist work collaboratively around the issues brought to therapy. This means that we recognize and respect that individuals are the experts of their own lives

Together we work with our clients to support and promote informed decisions. This also means that at SA/DVCC, we believe that everyone who comes for service has well developed skills and strengths for survival, growth and change. Therapeutic modalities used within this framework include: Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Description of Therapeutic Modalities

The counsellors at SA/DVCC use various therapeutic modalities in recognition that everyone is individual and has unique experiences and thus will have very unique ways of healing from experiences of violence. The following are brief descriptions of some of the more unique therapeutic modalities that are utilized by the counsellors at SA/DVCC. A client may find this information helpful as she/he makes their decision about coming to counselling and the kinds of counselling they may wish to engage in. Each counsellor will be able to provide their clients with more information and answers to questions they may have about using any of the following as modes of healing.

Outreach and Research

Our program is committed to reaching out and building relationships with community partners in order to:

  • increase awareness about sexual assault and intimate partner abuse.
  • develop ways to address these issues.

We are also involved in research to help increase understanding of the issues and impact of sexual assault and intimate partner abuse.


Related Links

You may also find the following resources of interest:


Online Care Package

Access our online care package for additional self-care resources on:

  • Important Numbers (24-hour Access and Resources)
  • Sexual Violence
  • Possible Impacts of Sexual Violence
  • Self Care
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Coping with Flashbacks, Intense Anxiety and/or Panic Through Grounding
  • Sleep Disturbances and Nightmares
  • A Word to Friends and Families

 

For staff use: click here to access the SA/DVCC portal.

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Location & Contact Information

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC)
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville St.
Ground floor (in the AACU), Room 1305
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6040

Fax: 416-323-6489

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients can be seen on-site at WCH between 7:30 a.m. on Monday to 11 p.m. on Friday. After 11 p.m. on Friday until 7:30 a.m. on Monday, patients should go to one of the emergency departments listed under the "Mobile Locations" tab and request the SA/DVCC service.

Accessibility
The hospital is fully accessible. There are wheelchair-accessible washrooms available throughout the hospital.


Online Care Package - NEW -

Access our online care package for additional self-care resources.

Our Publications


  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)