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The London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC) provides long-term, woman-centred, trauma-informed counselling, advocacy and support to women and girls over the age of 12 who are or have been:
- Abused by an intimate partner
- Sexually assaulted
- Sexually exploited into the commercial sex trade (prostitution, trafficking, pornography)
- Tortured by an intimate partner, sex purchaser, trafficker, pimp
- Sexually harassed/harassed in the workplace
When you either call (519-432-2204) or walk-in (797 York Street) to the London Abused Women’s Centre, you will be provided with immediate access to service. This may include an immediate triage appointment to review safety planning and/or an appointment to attend an intake information session and/or an individual appointment.
Booking an Appointment
To book an appointment at LAWC, call us at 519-432-2204. Women and girls are supported in making their own choices about service delivery and the decision to participate in LAWC services is your decision. If a support person contacts us on your behalf to make an appointment, we will first need to speak with you directly to obtain your consent.
When you call, you will be asked for your name and a safe phone number. If you wish to remain anonymous and provide an alternative name, that is okay! If you do not have a safe phone number, let us know. Your safety is the priority and we will not attempt to contact you if it is unsafe. All telephone calls made from LAWC will be displayed as either a private or unknown number.
You will usually be scheduled to attend an Intake Information Session.
LAWC provides outreach appointments to women and girls who cannot attend at the office due to safety concerns. Outreach may occur at various social service agencies and at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre. Please inform us if you require an outreach appointment.
Where Are We Located?
The London Abused Women’s Centre is located at 797 York Street in London, Ontario.
If you are accessing our office by car you can park anywhere in the plaza parking lot, free of charge. You can access the parking lot from York Street or Rectory Street.
If you are accessing our office by bus, bus route 7 (Downtown-Argyle Mall) stops at the corner of York and Rectory and bus route 2 (Natural Science-Trafalgar Heights/Bonaventure) stops at the corner of Dundas and Rectory. We can provide you with bus tickets.
For more information about where we are located and our hours visit the Contact Us page.
Health and Safety
For the health and safety of women, girls, staff and volunteers, the following health and safety measures are in place:
Entry Security – The entrance door is locked. To enter, push the intercom button in the foyer and identify who you are. If you attend with a support person, please advise us in advance. They too will have to follow the safety protocol
Scents – We are a scent free office. Please refrain from wearing perfumes and hairspray when attending
Illness – If you are will, please call us to advise you will not be attending. Your appointment will be rescheduled.
Emergencies – In the event of an emergency, everyone in the office will be taken by a staff member to a safe room within the office.