A bit about us…
In 1984, a student from Belleville’s Loyalist College identified a need in Prince Edward County for safe shelter services for women and their children, who experience domestic violence. As a result of this student’s effort, a committee was formed to work toward the establishment. In 1985 the agency was named “Alternatives for Family Abuse” which provided services to both men and women. As the Violence Against Women movement was introduced, the agency name was changed to “Alternatives for Women” and our funding was specific to providing services to women over the age of 16 years old.
Alternatives for Women is a community based counseling agency that is primarily funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Alternatives operates as a not for profit charitable organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. We are a proud member of the Quinte and District United Way who funds our new Rural Women support Network.
Our services include free, confidential group and individual counseling; 24 hour crisis line; advocacy and referrals to other agencies; emergency transportation to shelter; safety planning; accompaniment to meetings and court; and, transitional and housing support.
Our professional staff, who are dedicated to the cause of ending domestic violence, are available from Monday to Friday, (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Should an immediate emergency occur, our 24 hour crisis line is available to those who require immediate transportation to shelter, O.P.P. assistance, Ambulance Service, or from the Fire Department.