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Gendered violence takes many forms, including stalking, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and emotional and physical abuse. Women, girls, and LGBTQI2S persons are typically the target, but gendered violence occurs against people of all genders.

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed annually as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people. TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, intended to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence. Women's rights activists have observed Nov 25 as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This observance was established in 1991 to mark the anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. This important day falls within the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. Every year, from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 to International Human Rights Day on December 10, the 16 Days of Activism campaign seeks to increase awareness of the continuing fight to achieve equality, justice, and human dignity for all, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If you or someone you know needs help, but you don’t where to turn, we have the resources to get you the help you need.

Here's how:

  • Call Information Burlington, a community information service of Burlington Public Library, at 905.639.3611 ext 1212 for personal, confidential assistance.
  • Go online anytime and look under Abuse/Assault or Emergency/Crisis on our Halton Community Services Directory.

Assaulted Women's Helpline
Crisis support and shelter intake (toll free): 1.866.863.0511
Telephone counselling: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours
Online counselling: Monday to Friday, 11am to 8pm

  • Provides crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services, culturally appropriate resources for abused women.
  • Confidential and anonymous.
  • For assaulted/abused women 16 years and older, and families, friends, neighbours, professionals and other service providers in contact with abused women.

Nina's Place, Joseph Brant Hospital, Regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
Office: 905.632.3737 ext 5708
Open Monday to Sunday, 24 hours

  • Provides specialized health care to any survivor who has experienced a recent sexual assault and/or domestic violence.
  • No age or gender restrictions.
  • If you have experienced recent sexual assault or domestic violence, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place.
  • If you were assaulted within the last 2 years, and you would like counselling, contact the Nina's Place trauma informed Social Worker, 905.681.4880.

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton, Burlington
Crisis: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours, 905.875.1555
Intake and information: 905.825.3622

  • Provides free, confidential, non-judgmental, 24 hour support and counselling services for male, female, and transgender survivors of violence including childhood sexual abuse.
  • For all survivors of violence, ages 12 years and up.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences
Sexual Assault Centre support line: 905.525.4162
Emergency Services: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours

  • Provides specialized healthcare for adolescents, women, individuals who are transgender, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence.
  • For ages 18 years and up.
  • Hospital staff will not report to the police without permission.

Trans Lifeline
Telephone support line: 1.877.330.6366
Hours subject to volunteer availability - see website

  • Provides a hotline for trans and questioning people in need of support, staffed by trans volunteers.

Information Burlington - Halton Community Services Directory: look under Abuse/Assault or Emergency/Crisis

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Nina's Place, Joseph Brant Hospital, Regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre - Hamilton

Trans Lifeline

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Status of Women, Government of Canada

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Unsafe: At Home and Outside

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov 20

Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Truth to Power: Sexual Assault & Rape Culture