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ABOUT US

Hope 24/7 is a charity organization that offers psychotherapy services for all persons 12 & older who have been impacted by relationship & sexual violence. We are the provincially designated Sexual Assault Centre (SAC) for the Region of Peel, and serve a population of more than 1.4 million people. Our aim is to assist those individuals who have experienced traumatic interpersonal violence through evidence-based treatment and prevention programming so that we can actualize our vision of a community without relationship and sexual violence.

OUR BELIEFS

ABORTION

Hope 24/7 is a pro-choice Agency. We believe that women, regardless of circumstance, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or other factors, have a right to free, quality abortion and reproductive health services. A woman’s right to choose is hers alone. The role of the Agency is to: (1) provide psychoeducation, as appropriate; and, (2) provide best-in-class evidence-based interventions to assist the woman/girl in meeting their individual goals.

SEX WORK

Hope 24/7 believes that sex work is a legitimate career for all persons, and that no one should be judged or treated differently as a result of engaging in sex work. Hope 24/7 recognizes that, for some, entering sex work is not by choice. Sex workers are often the target of violence as a result of their profession, and as such represent a vulnerable group. All persons who are active or former sex workers will have the same access to services as those in other professions, and will be treated with dignity and respect.

SUBSTANCE USE

Hope 24/7 does not place judgement on individuals who engage in the use of illicit or legal drugs/alcohol. We recognize that for many trauma survivors, using substances is a common way of coping with distressing events. The Agency approaches clients who use substances no differently than clients who engage in other, potentially harmful, coping activities, such as self-harming (e.g. hair pulling, cutting, branding, tattooing, controlling diet/exercise, etc.).

WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND EQUALITY

Hope 24/7 believes that all persons are created equally and deserve the same access and rights under law. The Agency recognizes that women/girls continue to be the target of violence because of their sex, and as such they represent a vulnerable group. As a community Agency, Hope 24/7 commits to treating all clients equally, and with dignity and respect.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTIFICATION

Hope 24/7 believes that people are free to choose who they will love, engage in sexual relationships with, and marry. The Agency understands that individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirited and others have been targeted for violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identification, and as such represent vulnerable groups with, oftentimes, intersecting experiences of oppression. Hope 24/7 is committed to treating all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification with dignity and respect.

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