Web Resources

BC Society of Transition Houses

  • Resource with up-to-date listing of Transition Housing, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes, Children Who Witness Abuse Programs and “other groups which serve the needs of women and their children fleeing violence.” www.bcsth.ca

Ending Violence Association

  • EVA BC works to support and coordinate with victim-serving and anti-violence organizations and survivors of violence. Formerly the BC Association of Specialized Victims Assistance and Counselling Programs. www.endingviolence.org

Victim Link BC

  • Free, confidential, multilingual, 24 hour phone service providing information and referrals to victims of crime and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.
    1-800-563-0808 www.victimlinkbc.ca

Elizabeth Fry Society

  • Canada-wide organization dedicated to women’s safety, legal rights, and economic security. Founded in 1939. Provides support to women throughout involvement with the justice system.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver www.elizabethfry.com
The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society www.empowerific.com
Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society www.kamloopsefry.com

Northern Society for Domestic Peace

  • Located in Smithers, BC. Offering support services, safe shelter, group workshops, professional training and outreach. Website has a great list of resources, including information on abuse, safety planning, power and control wheels. www.domesticpeace.ca

Battered Women’s Support Services

  • 604-687-1867 www.bwss.org
    Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday 10 am to 5 pm. Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm.

Northwest Network

  • Support and resources for Bi-sexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay survivors of abuse. www.nwnetwork.org

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation

  • The only hospital in Canada caring only for women, newborn babies and families. The Foundation supports the hospital by raising funds for programs. www.bcwomensfoundation.org


Click Law

Law Line

  • Free legal information, referrals and advice from lawyers by phone. 1-866-577-2525

Family Law Phone Line

  • Family Law lawyers give free advice by phone. Brief calls, be prepared. Available 9:30am to 12:30 pm, weekdays.


  • Library of free legal information.
    1-800-565-5297 www.cba.org

Lawyer Referral Service

  • 1-800-663-1919

Law Student’s Advice Program, UBC

  • Free legal advice and representation for people who cannot afford to obtain a lawyer. Non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia. www.lslap.bc.ca


Income Assistance

British Columbia Family Maintenance Enforcement Program

Legal Services Society


BC Housing

BC Society of Transition Houses

BC Housing – Subsidized Housing

  • How to apply for subsidized housing for families, seniors, people with disabilities, singles and couples, and individuals who are Aboriginal. This is long-term housing where rent is determined by income. For low-income individuals: www.bchousing.org/Options/Subsidized_Housing

Advocacy, Campaigns, Awareness

International Women’s Day

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Purple Lights Campaign

  • To remember those lost to domestic violence, support the survivors, and provide hope for those still living with abuse. www.purplelightnights.org

Join Me on the Bridge Campaign


Personal Safety Plan

  • Personal Safety Plan.pdf (download/print)
    *note: Each safety plan is unique and complex. Please contact Community Based Victim Services (250-832-0005) or Women’s Emergency Shelter (250-832-9616) for further assistance.

Power and Control Wheel

Equality Wheel

Cycle of Violence

What Is Abuse ?

From: Legal Services Society

Living Together or Living Apart – Common-law relationships, marriage, separation, and divorce
From: Legal Services Society

For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family-Law Protection Orders
From: Legal Services Society

Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse
From: Legal Services Society

Helping My Child Guide
From: BC Children’s Hospital

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