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3 &217( INTRODUCTION & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS & RESOURCES A. Aboriginal Women B. Immigrant Women C. Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Women D. Disabled Women E. Young or Older Women F. Rural Women Appendix 2-A: Women-Serving Agencies in B.C Appendix 2-B: Information on the On-Reserve Matrimonial Home Appendix 2-C: Friendship Centres in B.C Appendix 2-D: Organizations Serving Immigrant Women in B.C Appendix 2-E: Organizations Serving Women with Disabilities LEGAL AID A. Who is Eligible? B. What Issues Can Legal Aid Help With? C. Where to Go to Apply? D. The Process for Applying E. Tips for Making a Successful Legal Aid Application F. Legal Aid Appeal Process Appendix 3-A: Legal Aid Offices in B.C OTHER LEGAL ASSISTANCE A. Choosing a Lawyer B. Lawyer Referral Service C. Law Line D. Dial-A-Law E. Family Duty Counsel F. Family Advice Lawyer Project G. Supreme Court Family Advice Lawyer Project H. Pro Bono Services I. Doing One s Own Legal Research (i) Online Resources J. Other (i) Women-Serving Agencies (ii) Using an Agent Appendix 4-A: Questions to Ask a Potential Lawyer ROLES & LIMITATIONS OF ADVOCATES & PROFESSIONALS A. Family Justice Counsellors B. B.C. Assoc. of Specialized Victim Assistance & Counselling Programs C. Counsellors D. Advocates E. Mediators

4 6. THE BRITISH COLUMBIA COURT PROCESS A. Differences Between Criminal Court and Civil Court B. Differences Between Family Court and Supreme Court (i) Family Court (ii) Supreme Court (iii) Choosing a Court C. Steps in a Criminal Court Case D. Steps in a Family Court Case (i) General Steps (ii) Interim Applications in Family Court (iii) Ex Parte Applications in Family Court E. Steps a Family Law Case Will Go Through in Supreme Court (i) General Steps (ii) Interim Applications in Supreme Court (iii) Applications Made Without Notice in Supreme Court Appendix 6-A: Judicial Case Conferences in the Supreme Court PROTECTION ORDERS A. Who Can Apply for Protection Orders & What Protection Do They Give (i) Peace Bond (Recognizance) (ii) Conditions of Release from Police Custody, Release on Bail or Probation 7.5 (iii) Order Restraining Harassment (iv) Order Prohibiting Interference With a Child (v) Order Giving the Woman Temporary Occupancy of the Family Home (vi) Restriction of Contact Order (vii) Order Restraining Harassment (viii) Protective Intervention Orders and Restraining Orders B. Criteria for Getting a Protection Order C. Tips for Applying for a Protection Order D. If the Woman Cannot Obtain a Restraining Order (i) How to Get a Peace Bond (ii) The Hearing E. The Protection Order Registry Appendix 7-A: Forms of Restraining Orders COURT APPLICATIONS A. Restraining Orders B. Custody, Access & Guardianship (i) Principles of Custody (ii) Principles of Access (iii) How to Get a Custody Order (iv) Enforcing a Custody Order (v) Enforcing an Access Order C. Child Support (i) Definition of a Child D. Spousal Support (i) Principles of Spousal Support (ii) How to Obtain an Interim Order for Spousal Support (iii) Changing a Spousal Support Order (iv) Women on Income Assistance (v) Family Maintenance Enforcement Program

5 E. Division of Assets and Debts (i) Married Women and Family Property (ii) Unmarried Women and Family Property (iii) Preservation of Family Property (iv) Debts F. Divorce (i) Types of Divorce Proceedings (ii) Do-It-Yourself Divorce G. Separation Agreements (i) Making a Separation Agreement (ii) Enforcing a Separation Agreement (iii) Women on Income Assistance Appendix 8-A: Federal Child Support Guidelines FILING A FAMILY ACTION A. The Court Registry What It Will and Won t Help With B. Filing Fees and Applications for Indigency C. Replying to a Family Court Application for an Order D. Responding to Applications for Variation E. The Importance of Filling out the Forms Properly F. Ideas for Getting Assistance With Forms G. Most Common Family Court Forms AFFIDAVITS A. What Are They? B. Guidelines for Writing an Affidavit C. Filing an Affidavit at the Court Registry SERVING DOCUMENTS A. Whom Do the Documents Need to Be Served On? B. How To Serve Documents (i) Provincial (Family Court) (ii) Supreme Court GOING TO FAMILY COURT A. What Each Person s Role Is B. What is Evidence? C. Tips for Presenting Oneself in Court D. Tips for Answering Questions E. Facing One s Former Partner in Court F. Preparing for the Hearing (i) Know What Options the Judge Has When Dealing With the Case (ii) Collect the Evidence Needed (iii) Prepare a Trial Book (iv) Know What Happens in Court Appendix 12-A: Going to Court PRACTICAL TIPS ON SAFETY & APPLYING FOR INCOME ASSISTANCE A. Creating a Safety Plan B. Some Key Steps to Take Emotionally, Legally & Financially

6 C. What To Do About Stalking/Harassment D. If a Woman is Charged With Assault E. How to Apply for Income Assistance (i) The Process (ii) Hardship Assistance (iii) Appealing a Decision About Income Assistance Appendix 13-A: Creating a Safety Plan DEFINITIONS A. Section 15 Family Relations Act Custody and Access Assessment B. Ex Parte Orders or Orders Made Without Notice C. Custody D. Access E. Guardianship F. Peace Bond G. Restraining Order H. No-Contact Condition I. Breach J. Common-Law Relationship K. Interim Order L. Child Support Guidelines M. Family Maintenance Enforcement Program N. Supervised Access (i) What is it? (ii) Which Organizations Provide Supervised Access Appendix 14-A: Family Justice Centres in B.C

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9 ,1752'8&7,21 $&.12:/('*(0(176 $,QWURGX WLRQ The legal support for victims leaving abusive relationships has never been ideal. However, with recent government cuts to services and to legal aid, we are seeing more and more victims left stranded without legal or other help to know and exercise their rights. People having to face the family law process without a lawyer is a reality. The purpose of this manual is to provide community-based service providers who deal with victims of domestic violence with a general resource relating to family law. By community-based service providers we mean community-based victim assistance programs, Stopping the Violence programs, transition houses and women s centres. This manual is very general in nature and provides initial direction and guidance for further inquiry. We have assumed that the user of this manual understands the difference between the civil legal system and the criminal justice system. The premise of the manual is based upon the old adage that knowledge is power. With some initial information and direction from the community-based service providers, the victim will be able to take further steps to empower herself or himself in the legal process. All that said, a word of warning to the victim is advised: the civil legal system (family legal process) is another way for the abuser to exert more control and abuse. The victim needs to be aware of this fact and be prepared emotionally. It is very important that a victim be informed that the way things are done can differ from place to place within the province and, as in life, sometimes things just aren t done as they are supposed to be. Again, this manual is a general guide. For the sake of ease and clarity throughout this manual, we have used the premise that a woman is the victim, therefore speak of she, her and the woman. Likewise, the abusive partner has been referred to as male, with corresponding pronouns of he, his or him. However, we do not wish to convey that only women are victims and only men are abusers. We are all well aware that men can be the victims of domestic violence and that women can be abusers. Despite everything that is set out in this manual, a community-based service provider s first concern is how to help the victim keep safe. The victim may not realize that the period of leaving the relationship is the most dangerous time, as are the following 18 months. When a victim comes for assistance to obtain a restraining order, a community-based service provider s first step is still a safety assessment, as well as to help her make a safety plan. 1.1

10 We wish to encourage all community-based service providers to develop and participate in a coordinated community response network. Studies have shown that coordinated community responses help reduce the incidence of violence in relationships. The more that we can ensure that all players we as service providers, the civil legal and criminal justice system, the community at large coordinate to prevent and condemn domestic violence, the safer our communities will be from domestic violence and its consequences. Finally, the manual provides general legal information only. It does not provide legal advice. For specific legal advice, a lawyer must be consulted. %$ NQRZOHGJHPHQWV In preparing these manuals, many people and many resources have been consulted. We wish to thank everyone who has participated in the creation of these materials. We wish to first and foremost thank the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women s Services for providing the initial funding that made this manual possible. We wish to also thank the Legal Services Society for its subsequent funding and for its support in creating this manual, and for the use of Legal Processes for Battered Women. We have relied heavily on this as well as on various other Legal Services Society resources which have informed the material in this document, particularly the LSS Family Law in BC website, which has been liberally relied upon and referred to in these materials. Several people read through the entire draft manual and provided input, insight and guidance which gave greater breadth to the information. We thank Karen Hewitt, BC/Y Society of Transition Houses; Angela Marie MacDougall and other staff from Battered Women s Support Services; and Gisela Ruebsaat (CCWS), Tracy Porteous, Carol Ross, Lorraine Senagiotto and Jennifer Woods of the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs. Special thanks are owed to Sherry MacLennan and Lois Shelton of the Legal Services Society, who reviewed the entire manual and provided critical input based on their great knowledge and experience. Also of LSS is Carol McEown, who shared our vision of the importance of this resource, who allowed us to use other LSS material in the body of the manual and who supported this project throughout its development. We are also indebted to Pat Keln, who had the vision and inspired us to create this resource, and who wrote the very first draft. Laura Lundie, the multi-talented, hard-working ex family law lawyer, is also owed our major thanks and has our great appreciation and respect for taking the first draft and writing volumes more material in the hope that this manual would assist those on the front line to be better able to help women in need of family law assistance. Thank you Laura! 1.2

11 Finally, there are two others that deserve our applause and appreciation. They are Debbie Scarborough, who got involved towards the final production and completion phase and who pulled all the details together to bring the manual to print, and Kerstin Peterson, who acted as our editor extraordinaire. Thank you for all your talents, skills, thoroughness and patience. 1.3

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15 &217( SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS & RESOURCES A. Aboriginal Women B. Immigrant Women C. Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Women D. Disabled Women E. Young or Older Women F. Rural Women Appendix 2-A: Women-Serving Agencies in B.C Appendix 2-B: Information on the On-Reserve Matrimonial Home Appendix 2-C: Friendship Centres in B.C Appendix 2-D: Organizations Serving Immigrant Women in B.C Appendix 2-E: Organizations Serving Women with Disabilities

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17 63(&,),&&216,'(5$7,216 5(6285&(6 Women who are isolated are more vulnerable to relationship violence. Isolation can be due to any number of factors geographic location, language, cultural or societal values and influences. Not only do these women face a greater risk of violence in their intimate relationships, often they have or seem to have available fewer resources due to their isolation people they can turn to who can understand the additional issues that they have to face. It is not possible to canvas all the issues in these materials. However, a community-based service provider must always consider the possible implications of a woman s isolation as it can affect not only her victimization and response to it, but also what barriers she has to deal with in accessing the legal system. In the body of the manual, to the extent possible, legal differences that exist for an identified group have been highlighted. However, for the most part, the law is the law and it applies despite the additional barriers certain people may face. Judges and courts have to be educated in the course of legal process about these additional barriers and their effects. A woman in these circumstances may benefit greatly by being linked with womenserving agencies which have specialized understanding of the particular issues she faces. These agencies, as much as possible, have been listed in Appendix 2-A to this section (p. 2.9). In addition to the community-based service provider s help, these agencies may be able to support the woman through the difficult processes of leaving an abusive relationship and accessing the legal system. Noted below are some obstacles which certain marginalized women have to face. The list is not exhaustive, nor could it be since discrimination takes new forms every day. By producing the list below, we do not mean that these are the only forms of marginalization and the only considerations that flow from it. We apologize if we have omitted or misstated any of the obstacles below or have otherwise offended anyone; this is certainly not our intention. We produce these considerations to spark a lively inquiry by each person serving a woman in need about what obstacles she may face. $$ERULJLQDO:RPHQ A 1989 study by the Ontario Native Women s Association found that 8 out of 10 Aboriginal women in Ontario had personally experienced family violence. Of those women, 87% had been injured physically and 57% had been sexually assaulted. Some of the obstacles an Aboriginal woman might face are mistrust of the mainstream culture due to the history of residential school abuse and separation from families and communities 2.1

18 fear of disclosing the family s secret violence because of her feelings of guilt and shame, as well as the fear of increased violence fear of shame and judgment from family members and community her abusive partner may have a position of esteem and power within the community. The laws about custody, access, guardianship and support are the same for people on and off reserve land. The main issue that could be different for women who are living on the reserve of whose partner is living on the reserve is the issue of property division. Included as Appendix 2-B to this section (p. 2.36) is a publication put out by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) entitled After Marriage Breakdown: Information on the On-Reserve Matrimonial Home. For further information about assisting Aboriginal women, please see After Marriage Breakdown: Information on the On-Reserve Matrimonial Home a pamphlet produced by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and provided as Appendix 2-B to this section (p. 2.36) The list of Friendship Centres in B.C., provided as Appendix 2-C to this section (p. 2.42) The Aboriginal Poverty Law Manual a manual produced by Legal Services Society that is available while quantities last (call or The manual can be accessed at the following Web address: anual.pdf Aboriginal women-serving agencies. %,PPLJUDQW:RPHQ Some of the obstacles that an immigrant or refugee woman may face: Fear of deportation and the belief that her whole existence in this country depends on the abuser. Women may be vulnerable because of their immigration status if they are not permanent residents yet. Many women are given misinformation about their immigration status by their abuser Not speaking English or speaking English as a second language Lack of familiarity with the dominant culture and the outside world 2.2

19 Fear of authority figures such as police and/or government personnel because of her experience A reticence to speak of personal matters such as abuse A lack of knowledge about the family law system in Canada: fears about what her former partner could do and that she may lose custody of her children Pressure from immediate and extended family to make the marriage work. Even after lawyers become involved, lawyers are often told that the file is being closed because there was a family meeting and everything is resolved now Family members back home expect that she will sponsor them to Canada. In order to meet the income criteria, she may stay in an abusive relationship to avoid jeopardizing the sponsorship application. Women who come into Canada as family class immigrants usually are given permanent resident (landed) status when they enter the country and have many of the rights and supports that Canadian citizens have (for example, a woman who has permanent resident status should be allowed to apply for income assistance if she meets the other qualification criteria). Unfortunately, many of the women do not know their rights, and even the government offices that deal with them (such as the Ministry of Human Resources) do not know what they are entitled to. Certain groups of immigrant and refugee women who are abused have limited rights and are particularly vulnerable to their abuser. For example, women who have temporary status in Canada (e.g., visitor or student) may now be sponsored from within Canada by a spouse or common-law partner as long as the women maintain their temporary status. In these cases, if the woman reports abuse, her spouse or partner may end the sponsorship application and the woman could lose her chance to become a permanent resident in Canada. Women who have claimed refugee status based on what happened to their husbands and who do not yet have Convention refugee status could be at risk of deportation upon leaving an abusive relationship. Another group of women who are vulnerable to threats that they may lose their right to stay in Canada are women who are in Canada as part of the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP). These women must work for two years in Canada as a live-in caregiver in order to earn the right to apply for permanent resident status. If they are abused by their employer, they are often reluctant to report this abuse because they want to complete their two years of work in Canada without any problem. It is often helpful when assisting immigrant women to have assistance from or to work in conjunction with staff from one of the immigrant-serving agencies. Lists of 2.3

20 organizations serving immigrant women are provided in Appendix 2-D to this section (p. 2.45). It is very important to get accurate information about the person s immigration status and how that affects her situation in Canada before making any decisions such as whether or not to apply for income assistance. It is useful to be able to explain to an immigrant woman facing an abusive situation that she has certain rights and there are consequences for people who abuse others in Canada. If the abuser has only landed status, his status in Canada may be vulnerable if he is convicted of abuse. In addition to proceeding with criminal charges, a woman abused by a spouse or partner who only has landed status could report the situation to Canada Immigration, which then might hold an inquiry and consider removal of the abuser. Under the new Immigration Act, people convicted of assaulting their spouse are automatically barred from sponsoring a new spouse until five years after the end of their sentence. A woman can obtain information on immigration matters by calling one of the immigrant-serving agencies listed in Appendix 2-D of these materials (p. 2.45), or by calling the Legal Services Society Law Line ( in the Lower Mainland and outside this area press 7 to get to Law Line). If she wants information about the status of her file, she could call the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre or use the website at Legal aid may be available to a woman who is applying for refugee status or is facing deportation from Canada. The woman must be financially eligible. Because funding for immigration coverage by LSS has not been extended, the current cutoff date for any immigration coverage by LSS is February 28, Contact LSS for more information. For further information about assisting immigrant and refugee women, please see Immigrant and refugee women-serving agencies. See Appendix 2-D to this section (p. 2.45). Assisting Immigrant and Refugee Women Abused by their Sponsor: A Guide for Service Providers a brochure produced by the BC Institute Against Family Violence ( Copies of this brochure are available through the BCIFV s office at Suite Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2 Sponsorship Breakdown: Useful Information for People Who Need Help With Immigration and/or Social Assistance a brochure produced by the Legal Services Society. This brochure is available from the Legal Services office ( ) or online by contacting Welfare Fact Sheets in languages other than English. These fact sheets will be available from Legal Services Society (LSS) in December, Four fact sheets provide information about qualifying for welfare, 2.4

21 applying for welfare, welfare benefits and a person s rights and responsibilities while on welfare. The fact sheets are available in Chinese, Spanish, Farsi/Dari, Vietnamese and Punjabi. These fact sheets address many of the same issues dealt with in the English welfare fact sheets published by LSS. These fact sheets are available from the LSS contacts listed above. &/HVELDQ%LVH[XDODQG7UDQVJHQGHUHG:RPHQ Abuse in same-sex relationships is often ignored, minimized, or misunderstood by families, friends, social service and health care providers and individuals in the justice system. As a result, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women face obstacles in leaving an abusive relationship and facing the legal system that other women might not face. Some of the obstacles are fear of being outed to family and systems and experiencing homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression fear of discrimination for herself and her abusive partner fear of isolation from other LGBT/queer people fear of experiencing abusive tactics from a male ex-partner and that her lesbian identity will be used against her in custody and access disputes. For further information about assisting lesbian, bisexual or transgendered women, please see Abuse in Lesbian Relationships: Information and Resources materials produced by Laurie Chesley, Donna MacAuley and Janice Ristock, Health Canada, This is available through Health Canada, Health Promotions Programs Branch, Health Issues Division, website: Lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women-serving agencies. These may not exist in all communities, but is a good idea to search for them in your community when dealing with these issues and to work with them when appropriate. Prideline at or Women s centres may be able to locate resources or organizations serving lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women. Contact information for women s centres in B.C. is provided in Appendix 2-A to this section (p. 2.9). 2.5

22 ''LVDEOHG:RPHQ Some of the barriers that disabled women face in leaving an abusive relationship and facing the legal system: Violence may be committed by individuals such as the husband or family member who is the woman s primary caregiver and on whom she is quite dependent. In many situations, the woman is unable to give free and informed consent. Because of her dependency on others for her daily needs, the woman may fear the consequences of reporting the abuse. Women with certain disabilities (for example mental conditions, capacity issues or serious physical disabilities) may fear that their disability will be used against them when dealing with child custody or guardianship issues. For further information about the issues facing women with disabilities, consult the following resources: A list of organizations serving women with disabilities is provided as Appendix 2-E to this section (p. 2.67). Contact these organizations to find resources in your community Local agencies that deal with disability issues in your community (look under community services in your local phone book or on the Map of Advocates on PovNet BC Coalition for People with Disabilities: The Kettle Friendship Society has resources for people dealing with mental conditions and currently has a child and family advocate: Disabled Women s Network (DAWN) Ontario deals with disability issues affecting women: (<RXQJRU2OGHU:RPHQ Some women may experience particular problems because of their age. For example: Older women may not wish to disclose abuse by their own children. 2.6

23 Older women may find it difficult to leave the home they have lived in for a long time, especially if they have limited resources and are unsure where else they can go. Young women who have children but who don t have enough resources to live on their own may feel unable to assert their wishes regarding their children. Young women between 16 and 19 years old who are living with their parents but not going to school may fall into the category of dependent youth for welfare purposes and be subject to special requirements. Young women under 19 who are not living with their parents may have trouble applying for welfare benefits in their own right except under certain circumstances. Consider consulting the following resources if you are dealing with these issues: BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors at or The welfare fact sheets by the Legal Services Society provide background information about welfare issues affecting younger women. These fact sheets are available from the LSS contacts listed above. )5XUDO:RPHQ Some of the special obstacles that rural women face: Abusive partners often purposefully relocate their families to remote or isolated rural areas to remain beyond the view of neighbours, officials, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, etc. RCMP coverage often has a huge geographic area and few staff (based on population). Abusers know it can take hours for them to respond...or there may be no response at all. Public transportation may be scarce or non-existent. Public telephones are being eliminated; more isolated areas have never had public telephones. Courthouse closures, coupled with lack of transportation, may mean women will accept bad situations because they cannot get to court. Some communities have no lawyers whatsoever, so there is no lawyer referral. 2.7

24 Some communities have no access to Family Justice Centre services. Many resources have been cut, and rural communities were inadequately served in the first place. There is nowhere to refer for assistance; there may be conflict about legal representation because of scarcity of lawyers. Travel in winter may be impossible due to pass closures, slides, weather, etc. Many communities have no advocates, transition houses, women s centres, translation services, emergency shelters, community-based victim services, courthouses, hospitals, government agent, or bus service. Women may have to wait too long to have their applications heard in circuit courts. Some of the resources available to rural women: Women-serving agencies are listed by community in Appendix 2-A to this section (p. 2.9). Legal Aid offices in BC are listed in Appendix 3-A (p. 3.8). You can also go to PovNet at and click on Find an Advocate. The Advocacy Centre plans to publish by February 2004 a Safe Haven Manual for rural women dealing with violence. A rural women s project is run by the Vernon Women s Centre: Tel: Fax: Anyone in BC can phone the Law Line for legal information ( in the Lower Mainland and outside this area press 7 to get to Law Line). People who meet certain income guidelines may also be able to get legal advice about their particular problem from Law Line staff. 2.8

25 $33(1',;$ :20(16(59,1*$*(1&,(6,1%& The following is a list of Community-Based Victim Assistance Programs (CBVAP), Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs (STV), transition houses (TH), safe homes (SH), second stage housing (SS), and women s centres (WC), which provide services for women dealing with violence in their relationships. They may also have resources and provide support for women leaving an abusive relationship who require family law assistance. It will be important to call the program in your community to ascertain whether they have any support or service to offer before making a referral there. CBVAP: Community-Based Victim Assistance Programs STV: Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs TH: Transition Houses SH: Safe Homes SS: Second Stage Housing WC: Women s Centres NOTE: In 2002 it was announced that core funding to Women s Centres in British Columbia would be eliminated effective March 31, While core funding will be terminated, many women s centres will stay open. Please contact your local women s centre to determine what services are available after this date. 0LOH+RXVH 100 Mile House & District Women s Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Mile House and District Women s Centre Society (SH) Tel: STV Counselling Program (STV) 100 Mile House Women s Centre Society Tel: Fax: $EERWVIRUG Abbotsford Specialized Victim Services & Specialized Victim/Witness Services: Indo-Canadian Program (CBVAP) Abbotsford Community Services Tel: Fax:

26 Abbotsford Women s Support Services (STV) Women s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley Tel: Fax: ESCAP STV Counselling Program (STV) Abbotsford Community Services Tel: Fax: $OGHUJURYH Libra Transition House (TH) Tel: (office/fax) $OHUW%D\ Namgis Health Centre Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Namgis First Nation, Namgis Health Centre Tel: Fax: %HOOD&RROD Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Bella Coola Community Support Society Tel: Fax: Snxlhh Transition House (TH) Tel: Women s Counselling Program (STV) Bella Coola Community Support Society Tel: Fax: %XUQDE\ Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Family Services of Greater Vancouver VISAC Tel: Fax: Marguerite Dixon Transition House (TH) Tel: Marguerite Dixon Transition Society (SS) Tel:

27 Multicultural Family Services Tel: Tri-City Women s Resource Society (TH) Tel: Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Cameray Centre Tel: Fax: Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program Path Centre (STV) Tri-City Women s Resource Society Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society Tel: Fax: Stopping Violence Against Women Programs (STV) Burnaby Family Life Institute Tel: Fax: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (TH) Tel: %XUQV/DNH Lakes District Safe Haven Home Society (TH) Tel: / Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society Tel: Fax: &DPSEHOO5LYHU Ann Elmore Transition House (TH) Tel: Campbell River Family Services Society (TH) Tel:

28 Campbell River Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Campbell River Family Services Society Tel: Fax: &DVWOHJDU Castlegar & District Community Services (SH) Tel: &KHWZ\QG Chetwynd Women s Resource Society (WC) Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Chetwynd Women s Resource Society Tel: Fax: &KLOOLZD N Ann Davis Transition Society (TH) Tel: Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Chilliwack Community Services Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Ann Davis Transition Society Tel: Fax: Xolhemet House (TH) Tel: &OHDUZDWHU STV Counselling Program (STV) Wells Grey Community Resources Society Tel: Fax:

29 &RXUWHQD\ Community-Based Victim Services (CBVAP) North Island Women s Services Society Tel: Fax: Community-Based Victim Services Program (CBVAP) Comox Valley Family Services Association Tel: Fax: Comox Valley Transition Society (TH) Crisis: Comox Valley Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: &UDQEURRN Community-Based Victim Services Program (CBVAP) Summit Community Services Society Tel: Fax: Fax: Cranbrook Women s Resource Society (WC) Tel: Fax: Kootenay Haven Transition House (TH) Tel: &UHVWRQ Irvine House (SH) Tel: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Creston & District Community Resource Centre Tel: Fax: 'DZVRQ&UHHN Mizpah Transition House (TH) Tel: South Peace Community Resources Society (TH) Tel:

30 Specialized Victim Services (CBVAP) South Peace Community Resources Society Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) South Peace Community Resources Society Tel: Fax: 'HDVH/DNH Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Three Sisters Haven Society Tel: Fax: 'HOWD Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Deltassist Community Services Society Tel: Fax: 'XQ DQ Community-Based Victim Services Program (CBVAP) Cowichan Women Against Violence Society Tel: Fax: Somenos Transition House (TH) Tel: , STV Counselling Program Cowichan WAVAW (STV) Cowichan Women Against Violence Society Tel: Fax: (ONIRUG Elk Valley Safe Homes Program (SH) Tel: (QGHUE\ STV Counselling Program (STV) Interior Health Authority/Enderby Community Health Tel: Fax:

31 )HUQLH Fernie Women s Resource & Drop-in Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) Fernie Women s Resource & Drop-In Centre Tel: Fax: )RUW1HOVRQ Fort Nelson Community Counselling Services (STV) Fort Nelson/ Liard Community Council / Fort Nelson General Hospital Society Tel: Fax: Fort Nelson Women s Resource Society (WC) Tel: Fax: Fort Nelson Women s Shelter (TH) Tel: )RUW6W-DPHV Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Stuart Lake Community Services Society Tel: Fax: )RUW6W-RKQ Choices for Women (STV Program) (STV) North Peace Community Resources Society Tel: Fax: Fort St. John Women s Resource Society (WC) Tel: Fax: North Peace Community Resources Meaope House (TH) Tel: Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) North Peace Community Resources Society Tel: Fax: *ROGHQ Abuse Recovery Program Stopping the Violence Program (STV) Golden Family Centre Society Tel: Fax:

32 Golden Safe Homes (SH) Tel: Golden Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Hour Crisis Line: *UDQG)RUNV Boundary Women s Coalition (WC) Tel: Fax: Boundary Women s Coalition (TH) Tel: STV Counselling Program (STV) Boundary Family & Individual Services Society Tel: Fax: D]HOWRQ Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Gitxsan Treaty Society Tel: Fax: RSH Hope and Area Transition Society (TH) Tel: Jean Scott Transition House (TH) Tel: RXVWRQ Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Houston Health Centre Tel: Fax:

33 ,QYHUPHUH Invermere Family Resource Centre (SH) Tel: STV Counselling Program Women in Crises (STV) Family Resource Centre of Invermere Tel: Fax: DPORRSV Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre Society Tel: Fax: Kamloops Community YMCA/YWCA Women s Emergency Shelter (TH) Tel: Kamloops Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Y Women s Emergency Shelter (TH) Tel: STV Counselling Program (STV) Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre Tel: Fax: DVOR Kaslo and Area Community-Based Victim Services (CBVAP) North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society Tel: Fax: North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society (SH) Tel: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society Tel: Fax:

34 .HORZQD Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society (TH) Tel: Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society Tel: Fax: Kelowna Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) Kelowna Family Centre Tel: Fax: HUHPHRV LSCSS Stopping the Violence Program (STV) Lower Similkameen Community Services Society Tel: Fax: LPEHUOH\ Stopping the Violence, Women s Counselling Program (STV) Summit Community Services Society Tel: Fax: LWLPDW Dunmore Place (TH) Tel: Tamitik Status of Women Association (WC) Tel: Fax: /DNH&RZL KDQ Cowichan Lake Community Services Society (TH) Tel:

35 /DQJOH\ Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Ishtar Transition House Society Tel: Fax: Ishtar Transition Housing Society (TH) Tel: (House phone) STV Quest Counselling Services for Women (STV) Ishtar Transition House Society Tel: Fax: /LOORRHW CHOICES STV Counselling Program (STV) Lillooet Friendship Centre Society Tel: Fax: Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Lillooet Friendship Centre Society Tel: Fax: /RJDQ/DNH Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Logan Lake Health Centre Tel: Fax: /\WWRQ Hans Knakst Tsitxw (TH) Tel: D NHQ]LH Mackenzie Safe Home (SH) Tel: DSOH5LGJH Cythera Counselling Centre (TH) Tel: ext 25 Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows Community Services Tel: Fax:

36 STV Counselling Program (STV) Cythera Transition House Society Tel: Fax: DVVHW Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace (TH) Tel: / Victim Assistance Program North (CBVAP) Queen Charlotte Islands Women s Society Tel: Fax: Women s Counselling Program North (STV) Queen Charlotte Islands Women s Society Tel: Fax: %ULGH Robson Valley Safe Homes Program (SH) Tel: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Robson Valley Home Support Society Tel: Fax: HUULWW Nicola Family Therapy (STV) Nicola Valley Community Human Services Association Tel: Fax: Syemyim Transition House (TH) Tel: LVVLRQ Abbotsford/Matsqui Transition House (TH) Tel: Abbotsford Women s Support Services (STV) Women s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley Tel: Fax: Community-Based Victim Services (CBVAP) Abbotsford Community Services 2.20

37 Tel: Fax: Mission Transition House (TH) Tel: Mission Women s Support Services (STV) Women s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley Tel: Fax: Mission Women s Support Services (TH) Tel: DNXVS Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services (SH) Tel: STV Counselling Program (STV) Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services Tel: Fax: DQDLPR Haven: A Society for Women and Children (TH) Tel: Men s Wellness Group (CBVAP) Tillicum Haus Society Tel: Fax: Nanaimo Women s Resources Society (WC) Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) Haven: A Society for Women and Children Tel: Fax: Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Haven: A Society for Women and Children Tel: Fax: HOVRQ Aimee Beaulieu Transition House (TH) Tel:

38 STV Counselling Program (STV) Nelson Community Services Centre Society Tel: Fax: The Advocacy Centre Victim Services (CBVAP) The Advocacy Centre / Nelson District Community Resources Society Tel: Fax: West Kootenay Women s Association (WC) Tel: Fax: HZ:HVWPLQVWHU Fraserside Community Services Society (TH) Tel: Monarch Place (TH) Tel: STV Relationship Safety Project (STV) Family Services of Greater Vancouver Tel: Fax: RUWK9DQ RXYHU North Shore Women s Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: SAGE Transition House (TH) Tel: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Family Services of the North Shore Tel: Fax: OLYHU STV Counselling Program (STV) Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Society Tel: Fax:

39 3DUNVYLOOH Community-Based Victim Services (CBVAP) Haven: A Society for Women and Children Tel: Fax: District 69 Society of Organized Services (SH) Tel: HQWL WRQ Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society Tel: Fax: Penticton and Area Women s Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Toll-free: South Okanagan Women in Need (TH) Tel: / STV Women s Counselling Program (STV) South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society Tel: Fax: LWW0HDGRZV Ridge Meadows Women s Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: RUW$OEHUQL Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Port Alberni Women s Resource Centre Tel: Port Alberni Transition House (TH) Tel: Port Alberni Women s Resources Society (WC) Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) Port Alberni Women s Resources Society Tel: Fax:

40 3RUW&RTXLWODP Coquitlam Transition House (TH) Tel: Tri-City Women s Resource Society (WC) Tel: Fax: SVAP Counselling Program (CBVAP) Tri-City Women s Resource Society Tel: Fax: RUW+DUG\ North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre (SH) Tel: RZHOO5LYHU Grace House (TH) Tel: Powell River & Region Transition House Society Outreach Program (TH) Tel: Powell River Women s Outreach Centre (STV) Powell River & Region Transition House Society Tel: Fax: Specialized Victim Support Services (CBVAP) Powell River Community Services Association Tel: Fax: Tel: ULQ H*HRUJH Phoenix Transition Society (TH) Tel: Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society (TH) Tel:

41 SATS Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Prince George Native Friendship Centre Tel: Fax: Specialized Victim Assistance Program (CBVAP) Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program (STV) Prince George Sexual Assault Centre Tel: Fax: ULQ H5XSHUW Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Prince Rupert Community Enrichment Society Tel: Hope Haven Transition House (TH) Tel: ULQ HWRQ Cindy Parolin Safe Homes Program of Princeton (SH) Tel: STV Women s Counselling Program (STV) Princeton General Hospital (South Okanagan Similkameen Health Board) Tel: Fax:

42 4XHHQ&KDUORWWH&LW\ Queen Charlotte Islands Women s Society (WC) Tel: Fax: Victim Assistance Program South (CBVAP) Queen Charlotte Islands Women s Society Tel: Fax: Women s Counselling Program South (STV) Queen Charlotte Islands Women s Society Tel: Fax: XHVQHO Amata Transition House (TH) Tel: Community-Based Victim Services (CBVAP) Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society Tel: Fax: Quesnel Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Women Against Violence (STV) Quesnel Women s Resource Centre Tel: Fax: HYHOVWRNH Forsythe House, Revelstoke Women s Shelter Society (TH) Tel: STV Counselling Program (STV) Community Connections Revelstoke Society Tel: Fax: L KPRQG Chimo Crisis Services (TH) Tel: Nova Transition House (TH) Tel:

43 Richmond Women s Resource Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Chimo Crisis Services Tel: Fax: STV Counselling Program VISAC Richmond (STV) Family Services of Greater Vancouver VISAC Tel: Fax: DOPR Salmo Community Services (SH) Tel: DOPRQ$UP Community-Based Victim Service Program (CBVAP) Shuswap Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Society Tel: Fax: Salmon Arm Women s Emergency Shelter (TH) Tel: Shuswap Family Emergency Society (TH) Tel: STV Program (STV) Shuswap Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Society Tel: Fax: DOWVSULQJ,VODQG Gulf Island Women s Resource Network (TH) Tel: H KHOW Family & Sexual Violence Victim Support Services (CBVAP) ACTION: Alcohol & Drug Counselling Society Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling Program (STV) Sunshine Coast Community Services Society Tel: Fax:

44 Sunshine Coast Women s Resources Society (WC) Tel: Fax: Thyme Second Stage House Program (SS) Tel: Yew Transition House (TH) Tel: PLWKHUV Northern Society for Domestic Peace (TH) Tel: Passage House (TH) Tel: Sherielle Manors (SS) Tel: Specialized Victim Assistance VACB (CBVAP) Northern Society for Domestic Peace Tel: Fax: Stopping the Violence Counselling (STV) Northern Society for Domestic Peace Tel: Fax: RRNH Sooke Transition House Society (TH) Tel: TXDPLVK Howe Sound Women s Centre (WC) Tel: Fax: Pearl's Place Transition House (TH) Tel: STV Counselling Program (STV) Sea To Sky Community Services Tel: Fax:

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