Fonds 10-088 - Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre fonds

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Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre fonds

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  • Textual record

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Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre = Centre d'Aide aux Victimes du Viol d'Ottawa

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  • Variations in title: Previously known as Ottawa-Hull Rape Crisis Centre = Centre d'Aide aux Victimes du Viol d'Ottawa-Hull

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CA ON0034 10-088

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  • 1 January 1970-31 December 1982 (Creation)
    Place
    Ottawa, Ontario

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38 cm of textual records.

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(1974-)

Administrative history

In 1974, three women (Rosemary Billings, Gaby Van Heusen and Diane Williams) originally active in the Ottawa Women’s Centre had the idea of starting a crisis centre for victims of rape and sexual assault in the Ottawa-Hull area. A grant was secured to support the project, and on December 15th, 1974, the centre officially opened. The original goals of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre were to 1) provide direct assistance to rape victims through a volunteer-operated crisis phone line, casework and accompaniment services, and group counselling 2) to educate the public toward a change in attitude and treatment of the issue of rape. Representatives of the centre spoke to high schools and other organizations to raise awareness as well as liaising with police stations and hospitals with the aim of working together to help victims of rape.

In 1976, the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre was comprised of four full-time staff and 40 volunteers. A board of directors made up of community members was established in early 1976 to provide support for a Demonstration Project grant submission to the Federal Government Health & Welfare department. Conflicts between the board and certain staff members ensued in 1976 and 1977 which threatened the success of the centre; internal conflicts occurred again in 1982. The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre continues to operate in 2019 and has expanded to include three full time and eight part-time staff members, project staff, and approximately 50 volunteers who respond to the crisis line, provide education outreach, and sit on the board.

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Scope and content

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre Foundation fonds offers insight into the structure and activities of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre serving the Ottawa-Hull area. It contains records of the centre's early years of operation. The fonds contain administrative records, correspondence, meeting minutes and supporting documents, workshops, presentations, and training materials, articles, reports and other documents.

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The fonds was donated to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in 2001 by Judith Hamill.

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  • English
  • French

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  • Latin

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time in keeping with relevant privacy laws. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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A file in the Victoria Rape Relief Society fonds is related to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (Series CA ON0034 10-040-S8 - Rape Crisis Centres)
Four files in the Ottawa Women's Place fonds are related to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (Series CA ON0034 10-020-S8 - Canadian Women's Organizations)

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Final

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C.H. February 1, 2019

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