Call 911 if it is an emergency that requires an immediate response, if you are in imminent danger, or witnessing an assault happening now. Call a local non-emergency number for other situations. When you talk to a police officer, take their name, badge number and case number.

Some of these tips are common sense, nonetheless it is important to consider them:

  • Trust your intuition and do not do anything that does not appear safe to you.
  • For the first couple of weeks, have a friend with you, if possible, to increase your safety when you transit between different parts of the city, attend meetings, etc.
  • Let people know about your plans, including dates and attending parties.
  • Watch your drink at clubs.
  • Make sure to charge your phone.
  • Know your surroundings. Do not stay late (alone) in an unknown part of town.
  • Have friends with you when you walk home alone late at night.
  • Have a back-up plan for getting home. Taxi drivers might ignore you or refuse service. Sadly, such things happen in Vancouver . Most trans folks depend on public transit; you can plan your trip by using Translink or Google Maps applications on your phone. 
  • Leaving with a complete stranger is not the best idea.
  • If you are out along, make sure people your friends, acquaintances or even baristas know who you leave with.
  • Learn self-defence.

REMEMBER: You can be assaulted by people you know. More info .

DO NOT allow abuse of any kind, especially within a relationship. More info (PDF) .

REMEMBER: You can say “no” when a situation does not seem right or safe. Trust your instincts.

 

Resources

Ask for help when you need it. There are several services in BC and Canada-wide that provide help through the online chats and over the phone. All inquiries are anonymous and confidential. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for crisis intervention, emotional support, and community resource information.
 To find crisis line available in your area of British Columbia visit Crisis line Association of BC .

 


 


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