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Helping Women and Children Experiencing Domestic Violence To Rebuild Their Lives

Community Counselling Centre Supports the Health and Wellness of the People of Nipissing and Area

Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing (CCCNIP) is a fully accredited, non-profit organization providing professional counselling services and community programs to individuals, couples, and families. It also offers public education and consulting services to community organizations and industry. CCCNIP aims to fulfil its mission to support the health and wellness of the people of Nipissing and area.

Of the many services offered, counselling for women experiencing or fleeing domestic violence and those with addictions remain a large focus for CCCNIP. 

Top risk factors for women's safety in order of frequency

  • a past history of domestic violence;
  • an actual or pending separation;
  • a partner who is depressed;
  • obsessive behaviour by the perpetrator of violence
  • prior threats or attempts to commit suicide
  • excessive use of drugs and or alcohol; and
  • a perpetrator of violence who is unemployed.  

Recent statistics reveal that 80 per cent of adult murder victims of domestic violence are women. Each year, an average of 70 women are killed by a partner. Sadly, anecdotal reports of domestic violence rates are climbing during Covid-19 lockdowns.  

Counselling for women who have been or are in abusive relationships

CCCNIP offers a safe and supportive environment for women aged 16 and older who have been assaulted or abused by an immediate family member or partner. Women will have the opportunity to process their experiences and examine their options. Counselling is offered in individual settings as well as in groups. There is no charge for this service.

Counselling services are aimed at women who are currently in violent relationships as well as women who have experienced family or partner violence at some point in their life. CCCNIP provides confidential individual counselling. Due to the ongoing risk of intimate partner violence and the increase in risk for harm against women, it does not offer couples counselling within the Violence Against Women program. 

Changing Patterns Group

Geared at mothers or caregivers who have experienced abuse from their partners and their children who have witnessed it, Changing Patterns is a group that helps teach the skills to cope and rebuild their lives. Mothers and caregivers learn how to best support their children to heal after being exposed to violence.

Changing Patterns is a partnership between many different agencies. It includes Hands, Children's Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound, Nipissing Transition House, The Crisis Centre, Mattawa Women’s Resource Centre, Ojibway Women's Lodge, and Horizons Women Centre.

How can women get involved with CCCNIP programs?

To participate in programming, please contact CCCNIP intake at 705-472-6515 ext. 242 or book an intake online. To view all services offered, visit the CCCNIP website. All services are free of charge and no physician referral is required.