Smashed window at London Abused Women’s Centre will affect services, says executive director – CBC.ca



Staff at the London Abused Women’s Centre woke up Sunday to a “discouraging and frustrating” act of vandalism that its executive director says will affect and possibly delay its services.

One of the front windows of the centre’s office space was smashed. The first pane was damaged but wasn’t smashed in all the way through due to the bullet proof safety glass.

Executive director Megan Walker said the incident happened sometime Saturday night or the early hours of Sunday.

“It’s just discouraging because sometimes we do feel targeted for the work that we do. More importantly than that, it impacts our ability to serve women,” she said.

“We have as a policy that all women have a right to immediate access to service and when something like this happens, it means that women may have a small wait to come in for service.”

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The window overlooked one of the group rooms, which means any meetings or gatherings would have to be put on hold or moved to another space.

Walker said it’s the first time the centre had a window smashed. She said the centre was the only office targeted in the east end plaza in the area of York and Rectory Streets.

She said that the incident was reported to police and encouraged any Londoner who may have witnessed the vandalism to reach out to police.

Walker said the centre was targeted a few months ago when it received a bomb threat.

“We are always on heightened security as a result of these things,” she said.

Despite any inconveniences, the centre will be open on Monday.

“We will go on. We will always go on,” said Walker.