Kitchener, ON. December 22, 2020 – As Ontario moves into lockdown, Women’s Crisis Services of
Waterloo Region (WCSWR) will remain open to support women and children who are experiencing
domestic violence.

“Staying home helps stop the spread of COVID-19. However, we must remember that home is not safe
for everyone,” said Jennifer Hutton, CEO of WCSWR.

With the added stresses of social isolation and financial worries, domestic violence can escalate. In fact,
domestic violence has increased by approximately 30% in Canada since the beginning of the pandemic.
Locally, reports of domestic violence have increased as well.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, there is support available. Please contact Women’s Crisis
Services of Waterloo Region. Its emergency shelters remain open during this time. So do its outreach
services and 24/7 support lines. If you need help, call 519-742-5894 or visit for
immediate support via online chat.

It can be more difficult for women to reach out for support when they are in isolation.
“We encourage everyone to check in with their family, friends and neighbours during this time,” said
Hutton. “Please look out for one another. We will get through this together.”

If you are wondering how you can help, here are some actions you can take:

WCSWR is committed to protecting the safety of its clients, staff and larger community. In order to
ensure a safe environment, only essential visitors will be allowed into shelter during lockdown. There
will be no donation drop offs permitted at this time. Online donations are encouraged.

For immediate support:
24/7 support line (phone): 519-742-5894
24/7 support line (online chat):

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jenna Mayne

Communications and Fund Development Manager
Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

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