Providing a Spectrum of Hope
Since 1975, several thousand women have come to our doors looking for help, seeking a brighter future for themselves and their children.
Victoria Women’s Transition House Society has been there to provide a safe, welcoming shelter, respectful counselling, support and advocacy.
A lot has changed in 35 years. But our purpose has stayed the same – to provide a helping hand and a safe place for women to envision a new future.
Quick Facts About Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
Our staff and volunteers, together with the women and children themselves, are artists envisioning and creating new pictures of life.
– Makenna Rielly, Executive Director
The Society provides emergency shelter services and counselling to over 160 women each year. Over 110 children accompany their mothers to the Shelter where they receive counselling and support and support as well. In addition to our shelter services, Transition House provides community counselling, individual and group, for abused women and their children.
Some details for 2011 – 2012:
- The 24-hour Crisis and Support Line received 2,060 calls
- 158 women and 62 children were sheltered at the Transition House.
- 48% of women stay up to 14 days at the Transition House; 52% stay up to 30 days.
- 35% of children stay up to 14 days at the Transition House; 65% stay up to 30 days.
- 134 children and 101 mothers or caregivers participated in individual counselling sessions through the Children Who Witness Abuse program.
- 11 children attended the Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Day Camp
- 123 women received 385 individual counselling sessions through the Stopping the Violence Counselling Program. In addition 65 supportive calls were provided.
- 1,444 women were referred to the Spousal Assault Victim Support Program.
- 103 women were referred to the Regional Domestic Violence Unit.
- 44 group sessions were held through the Older Women’s Program.
- 95 women accessed services through the Older Women’s Program.
- 85 crisis calls were received by the Older Women’s Program.
- 198 women received individual counselling sessions through the Older Women’s Program.
- 7 older women were housed in the Safe House.
- The Older Women’s Safe House was occupied 107 days.
- 32 women were housed at Harrison Place.
- 582 outreach and drop-in services were provided at Harrison Place.
- 15 women participated in S.A.F.E. Program (Self-sufficiency and Asset building through Financial Education).
- 14 women completed PATHs, a goal-setting process.
- 150 presentations were made in schools, to donors, professionals and community organizations.
- 69 regular volunteers contributed 4,322 hours to the Shelter and Crisis Line
- 75 special service volunteers contributed to 650 hours to various programs and departments.
- Over 200 volunteers donated 2-20 hours helping with our hamper program, cleaning, cooking, crocheting quilts, serving on committees and helping with special events.
- 12 volunteers served on our Board of Directors
- 5 intensive volunteer training sessions were held (plus 1 Crisis Line training session).