Program: Domestic Abuse, Violence and Trauma Support for Men

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abuseAre You a Man Who Has Experienced Domestic Abuse, Violence or Trauma? Introducing the first program of its kind.

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is offering support services dedicated to men and open to all male identified people. Join us for positive, affirming and confidential support.

Support will be offered both in group settings, weekly on Wednesdays at 6:15PM, and one-on-one by appointment. You will also have access to other services at our facility, including legal assistance if you are facing trouble with the law, as well as fathering programs. You can access support from other men who know what you’re going through because they have made it through similar difficult situations with domestic abuse or other forms of trauma. They’re now eager eager to help other men.

If you are in danger, we can refer you to Toronto shelters that are working in partnership with us. We also provide a variety of goods and products that may be of assistance to you, including:

  • clothing for children and male adults, including socks, shirts, shorts, pants and jeans
  • winter items for children and male adults, including gloves, scarves and tuques
  • formal wear, including collar shirts, suits, pants, ties and belts
  • briefcases and purses
  • children’s toys and games
  • hygiene items

Please review photos of some of these products below, as well as a detailed list of items.

Are you looking for affordable housing in Toronto? The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is now able to fill out a “Confirmation of Abuse” form as part of your application to Toronto Housing Connection’s special program for victims of domestic abuser, known as the Special Priority Household Category. When you reach out to us ask for details about this program.

Breaking News: The Canadian Centre for Men and Families has now been authorized by Legal Aid Ontario to provide certificates for two hours of one-on-one legal aid specifically for male domestic violence victims from anywhere in Ontario. The certificate provides access to an advice lawyer to discuss family or immigration law. As far as we’re aware, we are the first agency working on behalf of male domestic abuse victims to be granted this authority. Please contact us if you are in need of this service or ask the clerk at our Legal Assistance Clinic for more information.

We’re working in partnership with Lynne MacDonell and Craig Bolton of and A Time for Men, as well as other counsellors with expertise in helping men dealing with all forms of abuse, violence and trauma. Click here to learn more about Lynne and Craig.

One-on-one trauma counselling is provided by Bryan Walsh, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) and Dr. Laura Telky, Chartered Counselling Psychologist.

This program is provided free of charge. We aim to ensure income level is not a barrier to participation in any of our programs.

You can register through the link above or contact us for urgent support: or 647-479-9611

This program is generously supported by the following sponsors:


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Jackman Foundation


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Full list of items

  • children’s gloves and scarves
  • socks
  • adult gloves
  • neckties
  • belts
  • adult scarves
  • pants and jeans
  • spring/summer shorts
  • formal wear shirts – collar shirts
  • formal suits and pants
  • leather gloves
  • boys and mens shirts for different seasons
  • briefcases, purses, handbags


About Lynne MacDonell and Craig Bolton

lynneLynne MacDonell has been in clinical practice since 1983.  Working twenty years in substance abuse, she designed and implemented an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. In this capacity, she became aware that often issue of addictions could be traced to childhood abuse and/or other trauma.  Lynne began to devote herself to healing this trauma.  She designed and managed a comprehensive support system for survivors of sexual abuse, including one to one, group and clinical support. In her private practice she works with men and women who have  experienced sexual abuse and trauma.

Lynne developed “Understanding and Responding to Male Victimization” conferences for the Ontario Provincial Police, held in 25 venues around the province of Ontario. She and her team were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the community. On October 27th 2014, she received a Commissioner’s Commendation for her role in educating police and justice partners, community support and child protection workers to enable them to address the unique and under-recognized needs of male victims

Lynne is a Therapist at Level I and II “Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Weekend of Recovery Retreats” (  Recently she joined the Leadership Team of MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery.

She is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, a Traumatologist, and a Trauma Group Supervisor. 

craig pic 2Craig Bolton has been working in the social work field since 1998.  Craig has extensive experience working with marginalized people and those experiencing homelessness.  In his current role, Craig is a mental health practitioner with a community health agency, working with individuals who experience severe and persistent mental health challenges.  For the past 4 years, Craig has been running a recovery group for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.  During that time, he partnered with Lynne MacDonell to develop a group for men who have been sexually abused and went on to sexually offend against others.  Program development is extremely important to address male specific issues and concerns.  Craig is dedicated to recovery practice and implementation of new programs such as those offered at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

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