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Optimism Place Women's Shelter and Support Services

270 Freeland Dr
Stratford, ON
N4Z 1G8
Crisis Line and Sexual Assault Hotline: 519-271-5550
Administration: 519-271-5310
519-271-5550 (24-hour)
Toll-Free: 1-800-265-8598
Fax: 519-271-5313
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2021: Suggest an edit


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Eligibility / Target Population

Women who have been or are being abused and their children




Jasmine Clark - Executive Director
519-271-5310 ext 112 *



Area Served

Stratford and Perth County


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Description of Services

Emergency shelter, housing support, counselling and support to abused women and their children * weekly support groups, legal advocacy and community outreach

Transition and Outreach Support Programs - Supports women to help them move toward a safe and independent life * based on personal choices * email

Early Intervention - Group Support For Moms And Kids - Mothers and children attend separate groups at the same time * children see their mothers involved as key players whose knowledge and experience help guide the process of recovery * email 

Healthy Relationships - 519-271-5310 ext 24 - Support for women affected by the sexual, physical or emotional abuse of one partner by the other in a dating relationship where the couple is not living together * email

Legal Advocacy - Legal advocate will help women through the legal system * will accompany women to legal appointments, the police and provide court accompaniment * support and education to keep women informed of their rights * email

Services for Older Women - Support for women of an older generation offering services geared to the needs of older women including a fully accessible building, managing medications, assistance with financial matters, finding a long-term place to live and organizing health care services

Family Court Support - Legal advocate to help guide women through family or criminal court, dealing with custody, access and support issues or acting as witness in a criminal case  * email

About Us

Perth County’s only women’s shelter. Since 1983, we’ve been a safe refuge for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. We also offer a range of programs and services to support the challenging journey towards safe and independent lives.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2021: Suggest an edit