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Woman Incorporated (Crisis Centre)

Address: 18 Ripon Road, Kingston 5
Phone: (876) 929-9038
Fax: (876) 926-9418
Email: w.i.crisiscenter@cwjamiaca.com
Open: The services provided by Woman Inc. are not only "day-to-day' – but a 24-hour operation (Kingston only) as it relates to the provisioning of counseling. It operates Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Contact: President
Phone: (876) 968-5999
Fax: (876) 926-3091
Email: w.i.crisiscenter@cwjamiaca.com

Woman Incorporated (Woman Inc.) is a registered charitable non-governmental organisation. It was established in 1984 and in February 1985 the Crisis Center for Women was opened, offering crisis counselling, referral services and a 24 hour hot line. The issues addressed by Women Inc. include rape, incest, domestic violence, domestic crisis and sexual harassment. The Crisis Shelter was opened in 1988 to offer short term shelter to battered women

Services Provided

  1. To operate a Crisis Center which provides counselling.

  2. To maintain a Hostel and Training Centre for young women.

  3. To organise fund raising events, in particular an annual trade fair.

  4. To offer seminars, conduct workshops, etc., for raising the consciousness of the community and in particular the police

  5. To network with other organisations to facilitate legislative reform

Eligibility Criteria

The clients are usually abused women: victims of incest, rape or temporary homelessness due to domestic violence. In many cases, small children and babies are involved.

Cost Of Registration

None

Process Of Registration

They are usually seen at the Crisis Centre, the case assessed and then sent to the Shelter. When the incident occurs during the night, the Counsellor on the "Hotline' may refer the victim to the Police who will escort the person to the Shelter, when necessary, providing there is space available.

Benefits Provided

  1. Crisis Centre - provides counselling to hundreds of women who have been victims of domestic violence, rape, incest and domestic crisis.

  2. Crisis Shelter -The only Crisis Shelter is in Kingston and functions as a temporary residence for women in crisis. The location is kept confidential to protect the safety of the women.

  3. Hotline -The Crisis Centre in Kingston provides a 24-hour day Hotline service. It operates during the walk-in hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

  4. Woman. Inc. Hotel And Training Centre -a Hostel and Training Centre in December  for young ladies, between 18 and 25, the young ladies chosen for this Hostel Programme were in need of long-term assistance, especially those who leave Government Children's Homes at age 1 8 and who have neither family support nor skills to fit them for employment. The programme combines a residence with skills training for each of the residents, in a one-year placement.

  5. Public Education Committee - The organization initiated its public education programme in 1989, aiming to raise the consciousness of the nation regarding the high incidence and impact of rape, incest, domestic violence and other forms of abuse to women in the society

  6. Legal Aid Clinic - Three (3) members who are Attorneys-at-law conduct on alternate Saturday’s legal aid advisory sessions for Centre/Shelter clients. Where necessary, the client is accompanied to and provided with legal representation for court appearances.

  7. Working With The Police - New recruit in training has, in the past, benefited from sessions conducted by Woman Inc. Counsellors, (during their initial training period established by the Police Training Academy at Twickenham Park) to facilitate

Other Useful Information

The first Chapter of Woman Inc. located in Montego Bay, was opened in November, 1990. It operates Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at hot-line number 952-9533-4 and is located at 53 St. James Street. There exists an established referral link between Woman Inc., Family Court, the Police Rape Crisis Units, Medical and Legal Advisors, as well as other related services.

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