The Big Idea

The idea to bring together a group of like-minded agencies to support survivors of domestic abuse in Durham Region was introduced in 2005 using an innovative multi-agency concept.  The goal was to address the challenges victims often faced while trying to navigate the system. The concept of a one-stop shop was adapted from The San Diego Family Justice Center that has been successfully providing support since 2002.

Several agencies shared their thoughts on this concept to maximize service provision and enhance victim accessibility. An Executive Steering Committee was formed comprised of agencies that represent a broad range of skills, expertise, and commitment to breaking the cycle of violence for a healthier and safer Durham Region.


DRIVEN provides women experiencing abuse, and all forms of gender-based violence, with an efficient and effective system of services to facilitate the individual’s access to needed supports and to enhance service quality.


A centralized place in Durham Region where women affected by abuse and all forms of gender-based violence can access a range of services that empowers clients and holds abusers accountable.


No one agency can meet all the needs of a woman dealing with abuse and violence. It takes a community to maximize the welfare and safety of each member.

Choices and Options
A client's right to direct their service, and choose which agencies will and will not be involved, will be respected.

Information will not be shared amongst co-located or collaborating agencies without the specific consent of the individual client.

DRIVEN Executive Steering Committee

Elizabeth Pierce
     DRIVEN Chair
     Catholic Family Services of Durham, Executive Director

Carol Barkwell
    Luke's Place, Executive Director

Jaki MacKinnon
     Bethesda House, Executive Director

Detective Sergeant Jeff Allbon
     Durham Regional Police Service, Major Crime

Kathie Rideout
     Family Services Durham, Manager

Dawn Walcott- Parris
     Durham Children’s Aid Society, Director of Services

Open: Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
Clinic held Mondays
Closed Sat. & Sun. & Stat. Holidays

Services are free.
Phone and virtual support.

707 Simcoe St. South,
Oshawa, ON L1H 4G7
Services currently provided virtually
(by phone or video) according to
Covid-19 safety protocols.

Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm


DRIVEN is a member of The Ontario Collaborative Response to Family Violence (OCRFV). The OCRFV is a group of community programs that support an innovative and effective response to victims of domestic violence. Each program is designed to meet the unique needs of their community. OCRFV represent a collaboration of agencies that provide a coordinated response to maximize supports in one location, enhance victim accessibility and ultimately save lives.


DRIVEN is a member of the Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (VPCC). The Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (VPCC) of Durham is a community network of organizations, agencies and individuals committed to the prevention, detection, prosecution and treatment of all forms of violence and abuse against women, children and the elderly.  We work together to create a coordinated, proactive and responsive community for families and individuals who have experienced abuse or violence in any form including, domestic violence, sexual assault and child or elder abuse.


HOLIDAY CLOSURE: DRIVEN will be closed starting December 27th to the 31st.  Service resumes January 3rd 2022.
DRIVEN gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Durham Community Foundation's endowment funds.
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