Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


35 Years of Transition from Kristina Campbell on Vimeo.


Monday, February 7th, 2011


Janice scoots under her bed while Joe takes cover under the table.  Min Jae crawls under the craft table in the playroom and holds onto the legs while Sarah looks for a safe place. At exactly 10 AM the fire alarm sounded to simulate an earthquake. Everyone at the Shelter— staff members, volunteers and residents with their children DROP on the floor, find COVER under desks and tables and HOLD on to it until the alarm stops.

The Victoria Women’s Transition House Shelter participated in the province-wide earthquake drill on January 26, 2011. The House Manager checked around while the drill was going on and debriefed after the drill. The residents were particularly pleased that they get a chance to practice the earthquake drill; a child even requested to do it again. Staff identified more items in the Shelter to “earthquake-proof”. Quarterly drills may be done to help us stay prepared. The Shelter is equipped with emergency supplies, food and water that will sustain a full house for at least three days.  It feels good our shelter is prepared!

53% was the reported increase in domestic violence following the New Zealand earthquake in September 2010. According to Inspector John Price of the Christchurch Police, 61 cases were reported from 4:35 am Saturday to 2:30 pm on Monday, compared with 40 in the previous year.   A high level of stress and concern about safety, housing and employment contribute to domestic abuse but abuse is never ok. A relationship which is not healthy before the earthquake may become abusive quickly. It is important that women develop safety plans so they are prepared to make safe choices for themselves and children.

Equipping those who suffer or witness abuse with safety plans is an important part of being prepared for everyday life.

Keith Lynch, “Huge jump in domestic abuse following quake,” The Press 08 Sept. 2010 <>.

Respect Wheel

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Educate               Volunteer             Donate

These three words will make a difference!

We are excited to introduce a new Community Education Program core curriculum focusing on prevention and ending the cycle of abuse. The curriculum includes education and training for professionals, such as social workers, lawyers, health care providers, counsellors, police and victim service workers. Presentations and workshops on the issue of violence against women and abuse in relationships are delivered to university and college students, community groups, service clubs, church groups and businesses.

In addition to our Shelter services, counselling, and eight other outreach programs, the Community Education Program will educate, require volunteers to make presentations in the community, and is funded by donations.

If you would like to have a presentation at your workplace, church or school, please let us know. Or, if you can help with a donation or to volunteer, please visit our website at for further information.

For more information about our services, please visit the blog section of our website to enjoy our 2009-2010 Annual Report. If you wish a copy of our 2010 audited financial statement, please give us a call or visit our website to see a copy posted there.

With appreciation,

Carolyn Fast

Executive Director

P.S.   Watch for us on CHEK TV this fall with footage from our new agency video and stay tuned for our Fall Campaign.


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