Simply give us a call. Visit our Contact Us or dial any of the following phone numbers:
Office: 416-920-0268; Spanish: 416-920-1701; Women’s Program Line: 416-920-6516
After calling us, we will assess your circumstances to determine if you are eligible for a free drop-in appointment.
Alternatively, you may choose to join the weekly Women’s Support Group meetings, every Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. free of charge.
We are open to any feedback you want to give, in order to improve our methods as well as ourselves as a cooperative. Leave a message through our website, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at our office at 416-920-0268.
As one of our core values, we are always committed to promoting diversity in regards to our clients and staff. For example, we offer to provide our services in English, Spanish, and other languages through cultural interpreters. If we cannot provide adequate support, we will refer clients and partners to an appropriate agency that can. In addition, we maintain a group of staff who are all diverse in education, linguistics, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations. We also work to create diversity in our programs to meet the diverse needs of our clients and our ongoing changing demographics.
Counterpoint promotes anti-discrimination in the sense that we do not discriminate any person based on their race,
ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status,
social position, economic status, disadvantage or disability.
Through this, we ensure equal rights and opportunities and enforce an environment based on mutual understanding and
respect. We recognize the different forms of discrimination and the fact that it can be detrimental to our workplace by
reinforcing stereotypes and limiting our skills and resources. In following of the Ontario Human Rights Code, we recognize
discrimination and harassment as unlawful and promote equality and respect in both our services and our workplace.
At Counterpoint, our primary focus is to offer educational programming for abusers and support and passive subjects for survivors. The PAR groups are NOT counseling groups but are educational groups where abusers learn about intimate partner violence, learn about the impact of the abuse on their intimate partners and on their children and learn to understand themselves better so that they can stop using violence and abuse within an intimate relationship.
The women's groups offer supportive counseling to women survivors through speakers, interactive experiences, arts programming and open-ending discussions. Through the women's groups, the members are able to learn more about the impact of intimate partner abuse, learn that they are not alone and that they are not to blame for the abuse. Further, women are able to share experiences with others in similar situations and ultimately, women are able, through the group process, to begin to move forward - developing strength, self-confidence figure out ways that they want to live healthy and safe lives.
The staffs that facilitate our PAR programs have studied various diverse aspects of domestic violence to contextualize violence against women as
well as the philosophy and principles behind domestic violence work. Our group discussion pedagogical approach is based off
Paulo Freire’s educational theories as well as Duluth’s psycho-educational model.
Given an unjust society, Paulo Freire distinguished two groups in that society: the oppressor and the oppressed.
As such, education is described as a method for the oppressed to regain their humanity and obtain redemption for their previous
misfortune. On the other hand, oppressors will be forced to re-examine their role in oppression and reconsider their past ways.
Duluth’s model assumes that domestic violence is primarily caused by a traditional ideology derived from historical patriarchy.
In sessions, feminist beliefs are utilized to confront such existing patriarchal beliefs. As a result, participants are invited
to recognize the injustice in abusive behavior and are encouraged to change to behavior that is nonviolent and egalitarian.
Client confidentiality means that we will never divulge any information obtained from or shared with our clients to any
other person without written consent. This means that any conversations that take place with our clients will remain
confidential unless the client himself or herself decides otherwise.
However, there are a few exceptions to client confidentiality, such as when child abuse is inferred, a criminal act has been
disclosed, or other cases in which we required by law to disclose information. We will always prioritize our clients’ safety
and well-being in these cases in which confidentiality much be broken.
• The right to be treated with respect
• The right to know of client confidentiality and its exceptions
• The right to ask and be given information on your counselling and the qualifications of the counsellor
• The right to discuss with your facilitator any concerns or dissatisfactions about your experience
• The right to ask to be transferred to another group or facilitator
• The right to receive a copy of the client complaint policy
• The right to receive reasonable notice if a session is being cancelled
As our client, we ask of you to be respectful to our staff at all times. Inability to do so, such in the cases of assault
or threats towards a partner, staff, students, volunteers, or others, both physically and verbally, can result in your
suspension from your program. Additional conditionals that can result in suspension include consistent problematic behavior,
mental instability, cognitive dysfunction, and refusal to participate. While some problems cannot be prevented, we hope for
all our clients to participate respectfully and with integrity in order to expeditiously complete their program.
PAR is an educational group program on domestic abuse held over 12 weeks. Throughout the program, participants will engage
in open-ended group discussion and become informed in nonviolent methods. Its purpose is to think and talk about
issues of abuse towards women and children.
Men are given Counterpoint's telephone number to be considered for the program. Physical harm, threatening, criminal
harassment, mischief, and failure to comply are the types of offenses addressed. P.A.R is meant to help you change your
behavior so that no future harm on your part occurs.
An intake appointment on the telephone will be arranged with you. During this call, expect to answer some personal questions
that include details about what you did to be charged. Be ready to talk about your chargeable offenses, your abusive actions,
what part you are responsible for, and what changes you will look into making. Be prepared to talk on the telephone from
30 minutes to 1 hour in a quiet, private place. Have a pencil, paper, and your probation order available. In
addition, your telephone number, address, and postal code will be required.
After a successful telephone intake assessment, an orientation session will be arranged to sign the documents to formally
enter the Counterpoint program. In this group session guidelines and expectations will be carefully covered, so you can
get the maximum benefit. You will also get a sense of what the group sessions may be like.
At orientation, you will be assigned a starting date for your group sessions. Groups are 12 consecutive weeks, 2 hours each
time, at 4 possible different locations (East, West, & Central). Our open, ongoing groups are held Saturday mornings and
Counterpoint offers all its programs in English and Spanish. Other languages are served by using trained interpreters. We continue
to maintain a strong relationship with Multilingual Community Interpreter Services Toronto, for our Men’s Program as well as with
the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic Interpreter Services for providing services to the Women’s Program.
Counterpoint’s central administrative office and two men’s group locations are accessible to people with disabilities, including
wheelchair accessibility. In addition, we continue to serve the deaf and hard of hearing community through the use of ASL interpreters
and our TTY line.
Counterpoint continues to provide training for diverse student placements as well as opportunities for volunteers. Thanks are
due to all of their contributions and efforts. To learn more, leave us a message or contact us directly via our Contact Us.
Counterpoint continues to provide public and professional education and training in the area of domestic violence, based on 21
years of experience. Participants learn the latest and most effective components of the model through the Domestic Abuse
Intervention Program. Internship training and practicum placement are also offered for students.
• How an offender program fits within an interagency community response
• The theoretical framework for working with men who batter
• How to facilitate structured, interactive nonviolence classes using the Duluth Model curriculum
• The art of dialogue in nonviolence classes while avoiding collusion
• Using control logs, exercises, and videos
• Using role-plays and teaching non-controlling behavior
The Counterpoint Men’s Program Internship training was officially launched in 2004. This training offers a total of 185 hours of
training for workers who want training to work with abusive men. It includes theory classes, group work, supervision, peer review,
team development meetings, mentoring and numerous opportunities for personal and professional development in domestic violence.
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