Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough
Contact person: Debbie Carrier, Executive Director, 1-705-749-6809
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough is a woman-centered organization that is committed to advocating and providing services for all criminalized and imprisoned women, as well as those at risk of becoming criminalized. We recognize the rights of women to dignity and respect in all aspects of their involvement with the criminal justice system. We are committed to working with other agencies and all levels of government with similar principles and objectives.
- The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough gives resource support and training to criminalized women to prevent unnecessary incarceration, to advocate for their rights as prisoners, as well as to encourage their efforts to return as participatory members of the community. Community outreach and education of the public is an essential part of this work.
- All criminalized women are entitled to the supports necessary to address the impacts of sexual and domestic violence, the feminization of poverty, and social exclusion due to Aboriginal and cultural identity, mental illness, sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS.
- Women should receive resources and services in the community regardless of their histories of criminalization, and should be safe from threats of sexual, verbal, or physical harassment and harm, and discriminatory treatment by service providers in the community and in prison.
- Based on the factual influences of poverty, violence, lack of education, addictions, isolation, and mental illness at the root of the criminalization of women, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough, using feminist principles, will support community development that encourages alternative solutions to prison for women.
Programs and Services
Women & Integrity: Solutions for Theft, Fraud and Breach of Trust: This court-recognized course addresses self esteem, depression, underlying causes of risky behaviours, and ways to help prevent relapse.
Anger Solutions: This course helps women assume responsibility for their actions by developing an understanding of the origins of their anger, the theory of anger development and techniques for effectively and safely expressing and releasing anger.
Peer Support: This group is open to women who have been charged with an offence or who have served a prison sentence. It offers an opportunity for women to build supportive networks to deal with family and personal issues beyond crisis management.
Wellness and Self-esteem: The goal of this group is to assist women in developing their self-esteem by exploring relationships between self-image, self-acceptance, self-awareness and self-esteem.
Taking Control: Making Healthy Relationship Choices: This course provides practical ways and means for women to identify abuse in relationships and to learn ways to manage risk and increase safety.
Cooking Class: This class is designed to help women learn how to cook nutritious low cost meals for themselves and their families.
1:1 Support Counselling: One to one supportive counseling is available to women while dealing with immediate crisis situations and/or personal issues that have not yet been resolved.
Community Education: This program informs the public about the Society’s programs and services, the client population and the issues affecting women in the criminal justice system. The Society provides speakers and facilitates public forums.
Prisoner Support: A service for women while incarcerated at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay. The EFry Prisoner Advocate acts as a liaison between the woman and the CECC, providing support on individual and human rights issues.
Taking Control: Making Healthy Relationship Choices: Taught at CECC, this course enables women to identify abuse in relationships and to learn ways to manage risk and increase safety.
Court Support: Advocacy and supportive counseling is available to women when appearing on charges or being sentenced in the Peterborough Courts. The Court Support Worker is knowledgeable about court procedures, helps women prepare for court, and may also provide advocacy during their court appearance.
Students are welcome to do their practicum placement here. Local students are typically from either Fleming College or Trent University in a program such as women’s studies, aboriginal studies, social services, addictions counseling, public nursing, or community justice.