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Community Updates

Healthy Communities Initiative

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre was recently invited to participate in the Healthy Communities Initiative’s Rooftop Social Gathering, bringing together HCI project leads, community-builders, and other placemaking practitioners. Read more about the event here.

Our Website is Now Available in French!

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre is pleased to share that our website is now available in French!

How to access:
1. Navigate to
2. Above the blue menu bar, click the “Select Language” box, then select “French”
3. The website will automatically be translated into French!

Please note that your language preferences will be saved while browsing different pages on our website, meaning that you do not have to keep changing them.

This project was made possible through funding provided by the Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medallion

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre recognizes our very own Tanya Montebello for being awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medallion, in recognition of seven deployed civilian operation tours in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Cyprus in service to the Canadian Armed Forces (2006-2022), and four years of dedicated volunteer service to the Durham Rape Crisis Centre’s 24/7 crisis and support line (2015-2019)!

CharityVillage Awards

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre is honoured to be a Finalist for the CharityVillage Awards in the category, Best Nonprofit Employer Workplace for Mental Health (Under 20 Staff)!

Take Back the Night 2022

Our Take Back the Night returned in-person for the first time since 2019, and what a huge success it was! The Durham Rape Crisis Centre thanks all of our donors, volunteers, community guests, and most importantly, survivors who showed up for an important cause! Click on this link to view some highlights from TBTN 2022!

Trent University Support Alley

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre recently attended the Trent Support Alley to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning Trent University Durham students! All students who have experienced any form of sexual violence are eligible for free counselling services. Please contact Tanya at for more information.

Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise Breakfast

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre gratefully acknowledges the generous donation of $2,000 provided by the Rotary Club of Whitby! These funds will be used to support our 24/7 Crisis and Support Line, thank you for your support! Read more about the Sunrise Breakfast by clicking this link.

Whitby Mayor’s Community Development Fund

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre is honoured to have received the Mayor of Whitby’s Community Development Fund Grant to support the work that our dedicated volunteers do on our 24/7 Crisis and Support Line. Visit this link to learn more about the increased demand for service our organization has faced over the pandemic, and how these funds will help to meet the needs of our community.

Thank You 100 Men Ajax!

On June 1st, 2022, 100 Men Ajax generously chose to donate to the Durham Rape Crisis Centre, with an estimated $2,000 donation. Thank you for your support, and thank you to the members of 100 Men Ajax for generously supporting local charities like ours!

2021/2022 Victim Services Awards of Distinction

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre is a proud recipient of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction!

The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction (VSAD) recognizes the dedication and achievements of professionals, organizations and volunteers working to support people who have experienced victimization due to crime and raise awareness of victims’ issues in Ontario.

Read the Ontario Newsroom release here!