Directory of Victim Service and Violence Against Women Programs
The Victim Service Directory (PDF) is a list of police-based and community-based victim service workers.
The Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling Information Contact List (PDF) indexes programs that counsel children aged 3 to 18 who have witnessed violence against a parent, most often a mother. The programs help break the cycle of violence against women by helping children heal from the trauma of living in a violent situation and learn about healthy relationships.
Stopping the Violence – Counselling Information Contact List (PDF) is a list of counselling services for women who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence or childhood abuse. The range of individual and group counselling services is based on the needs of individual women and delivered in an accessible, safe and supportive environment.
Outreach Service Providers Contact List (PDF) are programs that deliver services include supportive counselling for women, referrals to appropriate community services, local transportation, accompaniment and advocacy.
Multicultural Outreach Services Providers Contact List (PDF) shows outreach services that are provided in up to 24 languages to ensure women are assisted by people who speak their own language and are familiar with their culture.
Women fleeing abuse often need a safe place to live. There are three types of housing:
- Transition houses provide safe, temporary 24/7 staffed shelter with support services.
- Safe homes provide safe, temporary short term shelter and support services.
- Second-stage houses help women who have left abusive relationships make plans for independent living. Women and their children usually stay in a second-stage house for 6-18 months.
A list of transition houses, safe homes and second-stage housing is available on the BC Housing website.