Canadian Centre for Men and Families

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In 2013, the Canadian Association for Equality announced plans to build Toronto's first "Men's Centre," to be named the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. After a successful capital campaign, the Centre opened in downtown Toronto in November 2014, under the directorship of CAFE co-founder Justin Trottier. The Centre runs a variety of men's programs: counseling and peer support, a fathering group, legal services, mentorship for boys and young men, and support for male victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and trauma. The center has worked to raise awareness of domestic violence against men, and Trottier has said that "We've long known that domestic violence victims span all ages, races and ethnicities. Now we're becoming aware they also span all genders and sexual orientations. Yet fathers and their children experiencing abuse often have no place to go."[1]

Writing about male suicide rates, The Province writer Kent Spencer called the center "the country's first men's-only shelter in Toronto, which provides safe space, peer support and services for male victims of trauma and violence."[2]

In August 2017, CAFE became the first organisation for male survivors of domestic abuse authorised by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal aid certificates to male victims of domestic violence.[3]

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