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VWTH Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, September 11th

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018


The Board of Directors of Victoria Women’s Transition House Society invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting, as we mark another year serving women and children fleeing abusive situations and working towards a community free of violence and abuse.

Date: Tuesday, September 11th
Time: 2pm-4pm
Venue: Oak Room at Carlton House of Oak Bay


If you would like to join us at our AGM, please RSVP to Samantha Flood at

Cherish: A Glamorous Evening of Fashion and Philanthropy

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

 Tickets are on sale for Cherish 2018!

Tickets $85* •  Phone 250-386-6121  • Buy Online


Thursday, October 4th
Doors open at 6:45PM | Show at 8:00PM
Crystal Ballroom & Palm Court
Fairmont Empress (721 Government Street)

Join us as sixteen dancers groove to music and model the latest in men’s and women’s fashions. Expect amazing fashion ensembles, gorgeous hair and make-up, and incredible auction items all in support of Dance Victoria’s community programs and Victoria Women’s Transition House. A glass of wine and light canapés are included.

Hosted by Tess Van StraatenCherish is generously sponsored by Kirsty Thomson and Willow Wealth Management of Raymond James.

Contact Elizabeth for opportunities to join our Cherish Community Champion donor program at or to contribute to our silent auction.

*Tax receipt for a portion provided.

Women, Wine, Golf & Dine

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Join us for this fun, deluxe women’s event to experience one of the most beautiful seaside courses in the nation.

Event includes golf, skill prizes, on-course hospitality, fun competitions, wine reception, door prizes, silent auction and delicious dinner from VGC Exectutive Chef, Cameron Ballendine.

Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Registration: 12:30 PM
Shotgun Start: 1:30 PM
Location: Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Drive

VGC Members: $50/person
Guests and non-members: $100/person

Register here for tickets (opening June 1).

Proceeds go towards Victoria Women’s Transition House Society.


VWTH in the Times Colonist – May, 2018

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

VWTH created a multi-page supplement included in the May 27th, 2018 issue of the Times Colonist. The insert included articles on domestic violence and abuse, counselling supports, and inspirational art and stories provided by survivors. Pick up a copy at your nearest news stand, or in case you missed it, please download the full copy here.



Canada 150 Free Pancake Breakfast – July 1st 8am-11am

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Huntingdon Manor Hotel and Gatsby Manor are hosting on Saturday, July 1st, a Free Pancake Breakfast in their gardens overlooking Victoria’s inner harbour.

Adjacent to many of Canada 150 festivities, it’s a perfect way to begin the celebrations! Entertainment and activities include all Canadian music, face painting for kids and an on-site caricaturist. To commemorate the estate’s rich history, several staff members will be dressed in period costumes throughout the day with a vintage photo booth available for some fun and unique pictures!

The Pancake Breakfast will take place between 8:00-11:00 am. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going VWTH!

Summer Yoga Soiree! – June 20th 6pm – 10pm

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Join Moksha Yoga Victoria and Westshore to celebrate the summer solstice and longest day of the year! There will be appies, live music, door prizes, a pool, and of course an energizing yoga class.
Proceeds from this event will be going to support Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and Sooke Transition House Society.

Tickets and more information may be found online.


Friday, April 17th, 2015

The VictoBCD_Poster_dr2ria Women’s Transition House society has been promoting its vision of a community free of relationship violence and abuse for forty years. A large part of creating this community is providing education to those who are experiencing domestic violence, those who witness it and community members who may see the effects of violence. Children who live in a violent home experience trauma, and it is part of VWTH’s mandate to educate the community of the impacts of that trauma.

Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Domestic Abuse, is a 25 minute educational DVD produced by VWTH. Its aim is to give parents, caregivers, and community members, insight into how children experience life in a violent home. It addresses the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on the developing brain of infants and children, highlighting the effects it has on their behavior. This video also discusses the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on children in the long term, and within their future relationships.

This video is designed to be educational. It is not aimed at blaming parents, but at providing them with information to support their child. The language used is accessible and gender-neutral. There are scenes which depict a child’s experience within a violent home, but they are aimed at capturing the perspective of the child, not the abuse itself.

The DVD is divided into two parts. In the first part, clinical psychologist Dr. Sandra Wieland gives a clear and understandable explanation of what is happening for a child living in a violent home. She explains how the development of the brain is impacted by witnessing violence, and the results that this may have on a child’s behavior. This part offers a clear illustration of how a child may act out after witnessing abuse – and how abuse in the home can have a negative impact on their entire lives. Dr. Wieland also offers insight into how this trauma can impact the brain into adulthood.

The second part of the DVD offers advice on steps parents and caregivers can take to help children survive this experience with the best possible outcome. Shemine Gulamhusein – Shelter Program Manager for VWTH – provides insight into how parents can seek support for themselves and their children in order to safely remove themselves from an abusive situation. She also discusses how teachers and community members can respond to the behaviors resulting from witnessing abuse, and how to provide a safe space for children.

Victoria Women’s Transition House offers a Children Who Witness Abuse counseling program. This program helps children recognize abusive behaviour, look at alternatives to violence and break the cycle of abuse. It gives them the tools to deal with their feelings and experiences. Behind Closed Doors is an excellent learning tool for parents and community members, and a great reminder that there is support for children who are witnessing abuse.

Behind Closed Doors is available for purchase through VWTH, please contact us by email or by phone 250-592-2927.

We will also be screening the DVD as part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week on April 23rd. The screening will take place at Cinecenta Theatre UVic at 2pm, to be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Sandra Wieland (Clinical Psychologist), Shemine Gulamhusein (Shelter Program Manager), and Kerilee McLeod (Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor). Admission is by donation.

Feel good about giving this holiday season

Friday, November 16th, 2012


In my experience, the best gifts are the ones you secretly wish to keep for yourself… and this calendar is certainly worthy of buying an extra!


This 2013 Art Calendar is available for $20.00 from the community office. The artist, Suzanne Heron has graciously donated $12 from the sale of each calendar to the Victoria Women’s Transition House.


With her stunning mastery of digital painting , Heron has captured the best of Vancouver Island in a calendar. Designed to illustrate a one-day Tour of Vancouver Island, she captures the natural beauty of our diverse landscape, highlights our favorite landmarks and shares the secrets to colorful local cuisine.


A few of my favorite paintings are above.


This is the perfect gift for someone who already appreciates the rich culture and landscape of Vancouver Island or for someone abroad you would like to share the Pacific Marine Coastal Tour with.


You can feel good about giving this as a gift this Holiday Season!

Call Nicki at our community office at 250-592-2927 or email at


Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is coming up on October 7 and we are delighted to welcome the 20+ runners who have already signed up to collect pledges for the Victoria Women’s Transition House as part of their run. Thank you runners and walkers! 


There is still room to join our team, Mission:Transition, in the 8km, half marathon or the full marathon. Whether you are a serious runner, a casual walker, part of a running team or a group of friends that walk together, we welcome you to participate. Please contact Penny Dunlop at or 250-598-2927 ext. 213 for more information or to register. 


Wednesday, September 5th, 2012


For 38 years, our donors, volunteers and staff have worked together towards our common vision: a community free of relationship violence and abuse. To learn more about all we have accomplished together and upcoming activities as well, join us at our Annual General Meeting Thursday, September 13th. You will also have the chance to sign up as a society member, meet our Board and staff and if a member, vote on incoming Directors too.  Please click here for details.


 Please feel free to contact us with any questions  or rsvp to  





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