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Welcome Kits Needed

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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A welcome kit is a pack of toiletries placed in bedrooms for new residents when they arrive at the Emergency Shelter. Each kit contains basic items for use by the women and their children during their stay at the Shelter, which is often up to 30 days.

Separate welcome kits are created for children, so that they also get to feel a little pampered too, right from the start! The basic welcome kits contain the following new and unopened items (Please note we can only accept regular full size items due to choking hazards:

Basic Welcome Kit

  • Bar soap
  • Full size skin lotion*
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Full size shampoo and conditioner*
  • Toothbrushes and full size toothpaste*
  • Kleenex tissues
  • Tampons Pads & Panty Liners

Other items can be added to the basic kit to spice things up, and add a bit of extra pampering:

  • Face cloths
  • Bath salts
  • Sunscreen*
  • Hand wipes

Children’s Welcome Kits
It’s easy to make these kits special for the children at the Shelter! Have fun and add some cool, kid friendly items:

  • Child themed products
  • Full Size No tears shampoo and conditioner*
  • Full Size bubble bath*
  • Yummy toothpaste and soft toothbrushes
  • Tub toys

    *Regular, full sized products only. Travel sizes will not be accepted due to choking hazards.

There are lots of ways to package and present these Welcome Kits. Enclosed in a zip lock bag, tucked into a pretty cloth pouch, or all tied up with a bow in a gift bag, we are very grateful – and so are the women and children who receive them!

Welcome Kits are needed all year round, and make a fun and heartwarming group activity for friends, co-workers or school groups. If you would like more information on Welcome Kits, or our programs and services please contact Joanna Verano.


VWTH Night at The Belfry Theatre

Friday, August 19th, 2016

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Thursday, September 29“VWTH Night at The Belfry Theatre”. Join VWTH staff, board, supporters and donors at this social event – an evening performance of the play, “The Last Wife” by Kate Hennig at the Belfry Theatre with 6:30pm private VWTH reception and lecture-presentation followed by 7:30pm performance. This play premiered at the Stratford Festival (Ontario) in 2015 to great acclaim.

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry Viii and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward, as pawns.

Lecture-presentation is by Dr. Georgia Sitara who teaches “A History of Sexuality” and “Gender, Power and Difference” for the Departments of History and Gender Studies at UVic.

The Belfry Theater is located at 1291 Gladstone Ave, Victoria. Tickets are $36.96 including show, lecture and reception (light snacks provided; cash bar). Contact Myriah (250-592-2927 ext 213) at the VWTH office to purchase your ticket.




Canadian Women’s Ride Day – July 17, 2016

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Canadian Women’s Ride Day – July 17, 2016

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We are honoured to be a beneficiary of the 4th Annual Canadian Women’s Ride Day!

Please join us on Sunday, July 17, 2016 for the 4th Annual Canadian Women’s Ride Day (CWRD)! There will be lots of events throughout the day, including:

  • Visits by the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC and other special guests
  • Entertainment by amazing local talent
  • Silent Auction of incredible items donated by local businesses
  • BBQ lunch provided and prepared by Valley View Country Grocer

Visit the Canadian Women’s Ride website for more information.

Registration begins at 9:00 am and the ride will depart at 10:30 am. This event is open to female riders only of all levels of skill. There will be different sections in the parade for each skill level and the group leaders will go at a pace comfortable for the riders.


Proceeds from the event will go to the Victoria Women’s Transition House and Women in Need (WIN) Victoria.

Watch NEW VWTH video! “The Faces of Domestic Abuse”

Friday, May 27th, 2016

May 27, 2016

Victoria, BC…. Makenna Rielly, Executive Director of Victoria Women’s Transition House, announced today the creation of a domestic abuse awareness TV-spot for Victoria Women’s Transition House to air during national Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 29-Saturday, June 4, 2016.

The Faces of Domestic Abuse

Titled “The Faces of Domestic Abuse”, the 15 and 30-second spots profile images of women of diverse ages and ethnicities who are impacted by domestic abuse. The spots identify common types of domestic abuse such as physical violence, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse and gives information for survivors and their families on where to get help in the community. Created by Victoria’s Alisa Kerr and High Def Productions, the spots will air on local TV stations and via social media, May 29-June 4.

“Domestic abuse has long been invisible in our community,” says Rielly, “and yet it happens everywhere, every single day. Sometimes women don’t recognize what they are experiencing is abuse nor do the people who may witness the abuse, including friends and family. Together we need to be better informed and we hope our TV spots will help with this – identify the different types of abuse and emphasize that abuse is not discriminatory: it impacts women of all ages, ethnicities and socio economic backgrounds. Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable.”

For more than 40 years Victoria Women’s Transition House has offered emergency shelter, support, counselling and education to women of all ages, with or without children, who are fleeing domestic abuse. The Society strives to prevent and eliminate abuse through education, advocacy and partnerships. For more information and crisis support contact the 24-hour Crisis and Information Line, 250-385-6611.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is a national annual outreach initiative of the Justice Canada Policy Centre for Victim Issues. The 2016 theme for the Week is “The Power of Our Voices” and includes projects and events in communities across the country culminating with a federal symposium in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016.

Funding for the Transition House TV spots was provided by the Department of Justice, Canada.

For more information on Victoria Women’s Transition House, our programs and services, please contact:
Susan K.E. Howard
Development Director
250-592-2927 ext 210
Cell: 250-884-6031




Victoria Goddess Run – June 3-5, 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016



For the 5th year in a row, Victoria Women’s Transition House is thrilled to once again be a beneficiary of the Victoria Goddess Run – a women’s only walk/run that has raised over $150,000 for its partner charities.

We invite you to join us and attend the many festivities taking place during the Goddess weekend. Highlights of the weekend include a 5k, 10k, and 15k Walk/Run, Family/Kids Run, Women’s Expo, Moksha Sunset Yoga, the Westin Bathrobe Walk/Run, and Pearl Putting Contest. Visit for more information.  


Law Day – April 16, 2016

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Join us on April 16th for Law Day!

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March to End Sexualized & Gender-Based Violence – April 16, 2016

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Victoria Women’s Transition House is marching on Sat, April 16th in support of Ending Sexualized and Gender Based Violence and we would love for you to join us. We are meeting on the lawn of the Parliament Buildings at 11am. Look for the purple balloons. We have some purple VWTH t-shirts available but if you have a purple shirt, hat, coat, umbrella etc, please wear this as our shirt supply is limited. Please see the media release, below the poster, from the group to give you more info/context. We will be actually LEAVING from the Parliament Building site at about 11:30am and walking to Spirit Square where there will be speeches. PLEASE JOIN US!!! We hope to see you there, then. ~ Your Friends at Victoria Women’s Transition House

March to End Violence

Local Alliance Hosts April 16 March to End Sexualized & Gender-Based Violence

Join seven of Greater Victoria’s front-line anti-violence organizations on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. for the ‘March to End Sexualized and Gender-Based Violence.’

This inspirational day will feature a march from the legislature to Spirit Square at Victoria City Hall, where speakers will raise awareness about the sexualized and gender-based violence children, youth, women and Trans survivors in Victoria experience.

“Violence affects all of us in so many destructive ways,” says Alexa Robin, coordinator of the seven-agency network and the Trans inclusion coordinator at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. “Sexualized violence in particular is a critical issue, because it’s a cultural norm embedded in gender roles and encompasses much more than sexual assault. Anyone who doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes in our society is at risk of violence.”

Speakers at Saturday’s event include

Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis; Acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto; Jeannette MacInnis, Director of Health and Ending Violence initiatives for the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Chaw-win- from Tla-o-qui-aht and Cheklesaht; and Peers Victoria board member Natasha Potvin.

Ending gender-based violence remains an elusive goal despite decades of talking about the issue. Canadian research has repeatedly found gender to be the most important factor in whether someone is at risk for sexual assault. While women represent half of all victims of violent crimes in Canada, they account for 85 per cent of sexual offences reported to police.

Figures are even more alarming for women and Trans individuals with additional barriers putting them at even more risk of discrimination and marginalization, whether due to race, disability, poverty, sex-work experience, immigrant status, unemployment, or histories as abused children. One study has found that almost 70 per cent of women sexually assaulted as children also report being sexually assaulted after the age of 16.

“Together, we can do something about disturbing statistics like these,” says Alexa. “It’s been heartening to see the rate of violence falling in Canada in recent years, but sexualized violence persists. We need to see it for the distinct and deeply troubling issue that it is, and put the same level of effort into ending it that we have for other forms of violence.”

Everyone is welcome at the march, which will travel from the legislature to Spirit Square via Government Street. Community groups participating in the alliance hosting the march are:

* Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

* Victoria Intercultural Association

* Victoria Native Friendship Centre

* Victoria Women’s Transition House

* Peers Victoria Resource Society

* Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre

* Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society


For more information, contact:

Alexa Robin

250-383-5545 ext: 114


“40 for 40” Campaign

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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Thank you, Victoria! We made it!!

Our sincere thanks to the 145 donors who gave a total of $41,129 to our Fall “40 for 40” fall fundraising campaign — our goal to raise $40,000 this Fall to mark our 40th Anniversary.

These much needed funds will be used to support the Victoria Women’s Transition House emergency Shelter as well as our services such as our Senior Women’s Programs, our Helping Children Heal Parenting Group and our Community Education and Outreach programs.

Special thanks to The Annual Foundation, Jeanette and Robert Furber, Marianne Noad and Scotiabank for providing the first $20,000 for our “40 for 40” Fall fundraising campaign.

To everyone, our heartfelt thanks!

PS – It’s not too late to make your donation. Victoria Women’s Transition House always has a program, project or service in need of financial support. Your donation goes directly to help our clients – the women and children we serve. To make a gift today, please click HERE.

For more information please contact Susan Howard at 250-592-2927 ext. 210.


Upcoming Events

Friday, July 24th, 2015

September is starting to get very busy!  Check out our Events page for a list of wonderful things that are happening.

Join Us for a Benefit Concert!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Please join us for a wonderful benefit concert on July 19th at 2:30 pm.  We are delighted to have Elizabeth Clarke on piano, Lindsey Herle on violin and Liam Caveney on trombone.


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