Mission, values and approach
Maison L’Esther is an independent community not-for-profit organization that seeks to combat domestic violence. The mission of our shelter is to offer safety and support to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Here, the workers believe in the potential of each woman and child. They believe in their ability to take their future in hand, regain their independence, and assert their right to be heard and respected. With this goal in mind, we accompany women towards an awareness of our personal and social realities as women.

The idea is for women and children to regain their self-confidence, self-esteem and a better life. So our work is to encourage equal relationships, awareness, and empowerment. We believe that women hold their key to their future, and are in the best position to take the decisions regarding their and their children's lives.

When women and children come to the shelter, we share their lives for a bit. They inspire us with their courage and provide our motivation to speak up for them and protect their right to freedom, peace and social justice.

The principles underlying our work:
  • Women and children are not to blame for the violence they've suffered;
  • Women have a right to independence, respect and freedom;
  • Women have the potential and the skills to pursue their lives and take decisions in their interests.

Our values:
  • Solidarity
  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  • Social justice
  • Peace
  • Freedom

Our goals:
  • To offer a temporary shelter that's safe, stimulating and welcoming to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and to support women as they plan their future
  • To provide child-friendly support
  • To prevent violence within the family
  • To raise public awareness in Laval of the phenomenon of domestic violence
  • To take part in community activities

As well as the services offered during your stay, Maison L’Esther also offers external follow-up, a 24/7 phone hotline and many other services.

Don't hesitate to contact us at any time at 450-963-6161. A worker is always there for you. 
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