About this program
We offer free, confidential counselling support and outreach services for women who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse, threats, or violence in an intimate relationship, sexual assault or childhood abuse.
Staff are trained to work within multicultural communities, with women from diverse cultural backgrounds. Services are provided in English, Tagalog, Punjabi and Hindi.
In immediate danger?
- Call 911
- Call VictimLink at 1-800-563-0808. (translation available in 130 languages)
- Call a transition house or safe home near you.
Violence against women in all its forms is a human rights violation. It’s not something that any culture, religion or tradition propagates. Michelle Bachelet
There are many types of abusive behaviours:
- Physical violence – includes slapping, choking, punching, using hands or objects as weapons, threatening you or your children with a knife or gun
- Financial abuse – denying access to money
- Emotional and Verbal abuse – includes threatening to kill you, your children, other family members or pets; threatening to commit suicide; humiliating and degrading; forcing you to do something you don’t want to; isolating you from friends or family; confining you to the house; destroying property; making you feel bad; threatening that you will be deported from Canada or your citizenship will be put in jeopardy if you speak up
- Spiritual abuse – using your religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control
- Criminal harassment/stalking – following you or watching you and invading your privacy in a way that threatens your personal safety
- Sexual abuse – using threats, intimidation, or physical force to force you into unwanted sexual acts
A healthy relationship is based on care and trust. A healthy relationship allows space for each person to have different opinions and ideas. It is not based on jealousy, control or demands.
Violence is a Crime
You have the right to live free of violence and to feel safe in your home. Violence in Canada is a CRIME. If you or your children have been abused, you can report it to the police. You have the right to leave your home. There are safe places available for you to live with your children.
As an immigrant or multicultural woman in Canada, you may face the same forms of violence, but with additional barriers which may include a lack of English, not knowing your legal rights, not knowing where to go for help or how to access other community resources. We are here to help.
- Program brochure
- Stopping the Violence poster (PDF)
- There is No Honour in Violence: Training for Frontline Service Providers
- Advancing the Safety and Well-being of Immigrant Women in Northwest British Columbia
Spousal Sponsorship Policy (September 2015):
- An Overview of the Change to Spousal Sponsorship Policy (English)
- An Overview of the Change to Spousal Sponsorship Policy (Chinese Simplified)
- An Overview of the Change to Spousal Sponsorship Policy (Punjabi)
- An Overview of the Change to Spousal Sponsorship Policy (Spanish)
Family Law Act (FLA) (January 2015):