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My Experience at The Transition House as a CFCS Practicum Student

Monday, May 25th, 2015

My initial assumptions were of a house filled with women who are visibly bruised and battered, petrified of leaving the house for fear of seeing the abuser and experiencing the trauma all over again. A place where women and children had no voice and who were faced with unbearable rules and regulations which acted as a barrier against them moving forward in the change process.

Instead, what I encountered were staff and volunteers all advocating for women and children who are taking the steps in healing and creating a better life for themselves.

At Victoria Women’s Transition House, I see myself as being an advocate in the daily lives of women, with or without children, with whom I am offering my service; an opportunity to participate in supporting that transition to a life free from violence and abuse.

Looking from a feminist model, my experience at the Transition House, as a practicum student, is that of an environment filled with staff partaking on a daily basis as an advocate and activist, being that active voice for the women and children who are accessing their services. Services done in an effort to find applicable resources and supports needed in addressing the needs of these women and children in the hope of alleviating that extra stress associated with fleeing violent and abusive relationships.

My placement at Victoria Women’s Transition House aided in expanding my view on advocacy especially for the women and children of violence and abuse who I have observed within the house.

The knowledge gained in this placement, during both direct and indirect contact with staff, volunteers, and residents as well as through the study of available literature, inspired me in taking a more active role in being that extra support needed for the women and children of the house to take that next step of freedom.

Taking the first step towards change is often a challenge and can be scary in any individual’s life, but for women and children who are fleeing violent and abusive relationships it is more frightening when uncertainty and despair can be road blocks on their journey to a life free of violence and abuse.

As a student enrolled in the Community Family and Child Studies (CFCS) program at Camosun, on my way to acquiring a career in the Human Service Field where one of the practicing principle is to do “no harm”, being placed at the Transition Houses to fulfill my last year practicum was a dream come true for me and this opportunity gave me a bird’s eye view of some of the many faces of “the hidden monster” violence and abuse within our communities, faces I will now recognize as I proceed in my journey in becoming a CFCS practitioner.

Thank you Transition House for this great opportunity!

Juliana Negraeff, Practicum Student

Film Screening Events April 23, 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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More Help for Families with Children on Assistance

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The B.C. government is making the transition to employment easier for families with children who receive income assistance easier.  Read their press release here.

CBC Interview

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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Did you miss our CBC interview with Jo-Ann Roberts on Friday??  Here it is!

December Events

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

For the month of December Christ Church Cathedral has chosen VWTH as their charity of choice for the special envelope offering.  We will have a table display up at coffee time on Sunday December 14th.

December 10th Soup Sisters still has a few spots available for their dinner.  To register or get more information please contact Linda.

Check Out This Amazing Contest Benefiting Victoria Women’s Transition House

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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In Response to a Call Out For Donated Items

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Good Afternoon Victoria Women’s Transition House Supporters,

It has come to our attention that a facebook call out for emergency items has been made by an individual to the Westshore Mom’s Swap ‘n’ Shop’s facebook page, to assist a women’s shelter in Victoria.  We’d like to clarify that this request for donations is NOT associated with the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH).

To all those generous individuals who contacted VWTH in response to the facebook post, thanks for thinking of us! We’re appreciative of your support and anyone interested in donating can check the urgent needs list on our website http://www.transitionhouse.net/donate/wish-list and contact Beth Turner at 250-592-2927 x 214.

Young Entrepreneur Supports VWTH

Thursday, February 27th, 2014


Earlier this month we were contacted by a young woman in the fourth grade with an incredible fundraising proposal. She has recently completed her babysitter’s course and is planning to start her own babysitting business. She told us she wants to give back to her community and plans to donate 50% of her earnings to the kids helped by the Victoria Women’s Transition House. Join us in wishing her all the best in her new enterprise!

VWTH Selected as Pilot Site to Reduce Barriers

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Victoria Women’s Transition House was honored to be selected as one of three pilot sites for the Aboriginal Women Consultation Project which has a mandate to reduce barriers to support for women who have experience violence and to create a system where Aboriginal women feel more supported and that the support is appropriate and respectful of their lived experience.

Last week, VWTH staff  attended an intensive workshop on Reducing Barriers in order to develop a flexible model of service that is women-centred and identifies promising practices that will support Aboriginal women and their children when accessing transition housing programs.

We are excited to participate in this pilot and are thrilled to have resources and training to ensure we can implement the most promising practices to best serve women and children in our First Nations communities!

Calling all Cooks!

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Hey Victoria – do you like cooking in the kitchen? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to give back?

Since 2010, Reed Pope Law Firm has been generously sponsoring and preparing monthly meals at our shelter, a wonderful, comforting gift to the women and children who stay with us. However, they recently notified us they are not able to continue with this arrangement. We extend warm thanks for their many months of fabulous meals!

We also extend a warm invitation for other businesses, groups or organizations to step into the chef’s aprons now vacant! If you and your friends or colleagues have a few hours to give one evening a month and can sponsor the cost of a meal for a group of women and children, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our volunteer coordinator Dianne at dianned@vwth.bc.ca

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