Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre, CARSA Inc.

Site: St Catharines - Landmark Building

Contact Details
Office Phone 905-682-7258
Crisis Phone 905-682-4584
Fax 905-682-2114
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Primary Contact Lisa Berketo, Administrative Coordinator; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Cheri Huys, Volunteer Coordinator; Email:
Site Details
Areas Served Fort Erie ; Niagara Falls ; Niagara Region ; Port Colborne ; Welland ; West Lincoln
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
Landmark Building
43 Church St, Suite 503
St Catharines, ON L2R 7E1
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Intersection Church St and Wellington St
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Provides support, individual and group therapy to women, men, victims/survivors of human trafficking and others who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest and childhood sexual abuse * 24 hour crisis support line - offering support/information for recent or past rape, sexual assault and abuse  
* Individual/group therapy and theme-based workshops for survivors * support available for family and friends * Outreach therapy available at several locations throughout Niagara region including Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland and West Lincoln 
Hospital Response Workers provide accompaniment, emotional support and advocacy for victims attending the St. Catharines hospital for medical care and/or Sexual Assault Evidence Kit collection (up to 7 day post assault)* Information, accompaniment and referrals to other agencies also available during police investigation and court proceedings 
CRISIS LINE Volunteer Training Program: * crisis intervention skills * impacts of trauma on individuals who have experienced sexual abuse/assault (both children and adults) * long-term side effects * flashbacks * body memories * dissociation * dealing with self-injury and suicide attempts * providing coping strategies for callers in crisis * Call the office number for more information to sign up. 
Public speakers available for community groups and high schools on various topics including * sexual assault awareness and prevention * date rape * sexual harassment * childhood sexual abuse prevention * self defence 
Ongoing education program: * Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program for grades 1-6 * Youth Issues Prevention Program for grades 7-8 * film, handouts and interactive discussions 
Workshops available for professionals who come into contact with survivors of sexual assault and/or their families 
Member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario (west region)
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm * Crisis Support Line Mon-Sun 24 hours
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Male, female, victims/survivors of human trafficking and other, survivors of rape, incest, sexual child abuse and adult sexual assault
Application Counseling by appointment. Self referral preferred.
Languages English ; French - referred to Centre de Santé Communautaire ; Interpretive Services - available
Fees None
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1977
Funding Provincial - Ministry of the Attorney General ; Donations ; United Way
Elections Sep
Meetings THERAPEUTIC SURVIVOR GROUPS: therapy groups for men and women (separately) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse/assault or adult sexual assault.
Service Categories Abuse/Violence Related Support Groups ; Adult Child Sexual Abuse Counselling ; Crime Victim Accompaniment Services ; Human Trafficking Counselling ; Sexual Assault Counselling ; Sexual Assault Counselling ~ Men ; Sexual Assault Hotlines ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Sexual Assault Issues
Resources Pamphlets and a resource booklet 'You are Not Alone' 
Newsletter - Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre
Events MAY SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH: DENIM DAY. Happening again in May 2018!  
Breaking the Silence Together: Take Back the Night Candlelight Vigil and March - 3rd Thu in Sep 
CRISIS SUPPORT LINE VOLUNTEER TRAINING Starting Soon: Support individuals who have experienced rape/sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse on our 24-hour crisis support line. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information. 
Healing Workshops & Survivor Groups - Both are held throughout the year. 14-week Therapeutic Survivor Groups provided for men and women separately who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or rape/sexual assault. Call the office number for more information or to sign up.