Our Story

Since 1987, Harmony House has been helping women and children flee violence and live safely. As Ottawa’s only second-stage women’s shelter, we bridge the gap between a woman living in crisis to eventually living independently in the community.

We are able to do that by providing safe, affordable transitional housing coupled with many programs, counselling and other supports needed to work through trauma and learn how to become empowered to be independent.

At Harmony House, we aim to break the cycle of women returning to abusive people because they are afraid or feel unworthy of the alternative. We empower, inspire and RISE women and children up so they can be their best selves and live a life free of violence and oppression.

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Providing safe, supportive transitional housing while empowering survivors of violence as they rebuild their lives.


A world where all communities and families are safe, valued and free from all forms of violence and oppression.


At Harmony House, we recognize that staff and board members live out their values in ways that are shaped by their experiences and identities. As such, we understand that shared values do not always lead to shared conclusions about how we should practice. Nonetheless, our vision requires a set of shared commitments. Grounded in a spirit of ongoing learning, we agree to hold each other and ourselves accountable to the following values:

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