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Organization: Immigrant Women Services Ottawa  
Phone Numbers: 613-729-3145
After Hours: 613-729-1393
Fax: 613-729-9308
Bruyère Centre for Immigrant/Centre Bruyère pour immigrants
219 Argyle Ave, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2H4
Intersection: O'Connor St and Catherine St
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Executives: Mercy Lawluvi - Executive Director
Public Contacts: Mercy Lawlovi - Executive Director
613-729-3145 ext 227 *
Zahide Yilbas - Manager, Language Services
613-729-3145 ext 226 *
Service Description: Services for culturally diverse women who are victims/survivors of violence and/or newcomers.

Crisis Intervention and Counselling Service: Crisis intervention * short-and long-term counselling * information, referral and support services * support to victims of war and trauma * support and information on various options for pregnant women

Settlement Program (formerly Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program) -- orientation programs, language and skills training to help facilitate employment, and programs to welcome newcomers to the community * may provide needs and eligibility assessments, pre- and post-arrival information and referral, job search and employment counselling, assistance to establish social and professional networks to promote community engagement, and assistance to access a range of settlement services
  • Employment Services: Includes a comprehensive job search workshop held monthly * On-site free child care is available during the workshops * computer training for immigrant women * one-on-one counselling * pre-employment sessions * referrals
  • Outreach: Information presentation and workshops for newcomer immigrant women on parenting in a new culture, legal information, social assistance etc. * Works with service providers and community partners to reach isolated newcomer immigrants and refugee women.

Children Who Witness Violence Program: Support and information to children who witness violence in the home * individual counselling for children * family counselling * art club for children and mothers * Offered in partnership with Family Services à la famille Ottawa.

Support Groups: 10-week support group for women survivors of violence * Transportation, child care and language interpretation available.

Transitional and Housing Support Program for Abused Women

Language Interpretation Service: see separate record for details

Language Interpreter Training: For culturally diverse women and men who fulfill the requirements for training * For more information on this program, call the Language Interpretation service

Public Education, Training and Outreach: Information sessions on Ottawa's diverse community * anti-oppression training for service providers * public education sessions on domestic violence for newcomers

Fees: None
Application: Referrals by the police, hospitals, shelters, lawyers and organizations serving immigrants
Eligibility / Target Population: Immigrant women victims / survivors of violence * children who witness violence
Languages: English * French * Akan * Albanian * Amharic * Arabic * Armenian * Bengali * Bosnian * Burmese * Chinese (Mandarin) * Croatian * Czech * Danish * Dari * Dinka * Farsi * German * Greek * Gujarati * Hebrew * Hindi * Hungarian * Italian * Japanese * Khmer * Korean * Kurdish * Lingala * Macedonian * Malay * Nepali * Nuer * Oromo * Pashto * Polish * Portuguese * Punjabi * Romanian * Russian * Serbian * Shona * Slovak * Somali * Spanish * Swahili * Swedish * Tagalog * Tamil * Thai * Turkish * Ukrainian * Urdu * Vietnamese * Yiddish
Area Served:
Ottawa (City of)  
See Also: Counselling - Family, Couple, Individual
Crisis Intervention
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Employment Assistance

This information was last completely updated on July 23, 2018

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