A Photo Tour of Harrison Place

April 3rd, 2013


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Harrison Place is a 23-unit housing project for single women between 45 and 65. It provides small self-contained one-bedroom suites. This transitional housing (up to a maximum three years stay) offers a supportive environment and programming as women rebuild their lives, in a safe, rent-geared-to-income facility.

A Photo Tour of the Shelter

April 3rd, 2013


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The Shelter is a warm, home-like environment that accommodates up to 18 women and children. It has eight bedrooms, including an accessible room for those with mobility challenges. Children share a bedroom with their mother. On occasion, a single woman may be asked to share a room with another woman.

The Shelter offers a fully equipped playroom for children and has laundry facilities. Residents work together in assisting with household chores including cooking and basic cleaning.

The Shelter provides necessities for women and children who have left their home on short notice. Food, linen, bedding and necessary supplies are provided. In addition, the House has an emergency clothes closet for women and their children in need of clothing.

The Shelter location is kept confidential for reasons of safety and security. The address is not publicized and residents, staff, volunteers and supporters are required to honour the confidentiality of the location.

VWTH Launches Campaign to Help Kids

March 25th, 2013

Victoria Women’s Transition House is excited to launch our very special campaign with a goal of raising $5,000 to produce an educational DVD for our Children Who Witness Abuse Program.

The DVD will  demonstrate some of the typical behaviours of children who have experienced the trauma of witnessing abuse and educate parents and other adults about how they can support kids to overcome trauma and grow up to be part of healthy and loving relationship.

“DVD’s have worked well in teaching new healthy options to prevent and recover from relationship abuse,” notes Program Director Parm Kroad.  “We are excited about the potential of this educational tool to help children who have witnessed abuse to access the support they need to recover from trauma, and build healthier relationships as they grow.”

“We believe this DVD will help us to break the cycle of abuse for these children. Boys who witness abuse have a 10x greater chance of  repeating abuse as an adult. Together we can improve the odds for kids!”

Check out our  campaign and contribute to our DVD project by clicking here.

Many thanks for your support!

Fresh Look – Spring Newsletter

March 15th, 2013

Along with our website, we have taken a colourful paintbrush to the look of our 2x year newsletter. You may have recieved one in the mail or you can check it out buy clicking here!

March 8 International Women’s Day Events

February 28th, 2013

Next Friday is International Women’s Day. Here are a couple of events in Victoria you could check out:

Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger” : Celebrating International Women’s Day

Art exhibit, Cedar Hill Community Centre March 7-13, Opening Night reception March 8, from 7-9 pm

Website info here.


Bridges for Women Annual Women’s Day Luncheon

This year a moving program has been prepared by Bridges participants and volunteers. “Power Through Story: Women Speak of Hope, Transformation and Community”, tells personal tales of suffering and success witnessed by women here in Victoria and in Mumbai, India.

Tickets are $50. First United Metroplitan United Church 932 Balmoral



VWTH Staff Wins Leadership Award

February 26th, 2013

VWTH is  thrilled to extend warm congratulations to  our Education and Volunteer Coordinator Dianne de Champlain who received the Victoria Leadership Excellence Award  for Coaching and Mentoring last night at the Victoria Leadership Awards ceremony.

Dianne was one of 4 outstanding leaders nominated. Dianne developed a mentorship certification program and facilitated training for mentors and mentees. She facilitated hundreds of educational sessions on topics of leadership, communication, and public speaking. As Education Coordinator here at VWTH she uses innovative approached to assist women who experienced abuse to envision a new future. As Volunteer Program Coordinator she has mentored over 300 volunteers.  She has been active on several boards and committees, coordinated the Victoria Community Response Network (CRN) and initiated many projects that support individual and community development.

We are so pleased to congratulate her on her outstanding service to VWTH and her community! Check out a photo of Dianne with her award here.

Thank You!

February 21st, 2013

In partnership with Women’s Sexual Assault Centre and Island Sexual Health Society, our Victoria Rising event welcomed hundreds of  women, men and children to strike/dance/rise in solidarity with people across the world making a loud and clear call to stop violence against women. Thanks so much to everyone who participated, our generous volunteers for their time, Samba DuSoleil for playing great street shaking music, the Victoria Public Library for hosting and City of Victoria Councillor Lisa Helps for offering welcoming remarks. We are thrilled to see momentum rising in Victoria and across the world to ensure freedom, safety and dignity for all women and to see the end of  gender based violence. You can check out photos and video footage from the event on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/VictoriaRisingOneBillionRising

TOMORROW: Victoria is Rising with With One Billion Rising!

February 13th, 2013

On behalf of Victoria Women’s Transition House, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and Island Sexual Health Society,

 We are pleased to extend a warm invitation to join us 02.14.13 for Victoria Rising!

 We will be dancing in solidarity with more than 170 countries around the world in that day as part of One Billion Rising

 4:30 at Bastion Square where we will rally and dance behind Samba Du Soleil, our Samba Marching Band

 5:00 pm Victoria Public Library Courtyard (735 Broughton Street), our final destination for our dance party rising celebration.

 We welcome your attendance, your dancing, your enthusiasm, your signs and banners as we rise on this day with people all over the world to stop violence against women and gender based violence.

 Click here to see a great short video by Eve Ensler, founder of V-day and the One Billion Rising campaign, talking about the vision behind One Billion Rising.

 We look forward to dancing with you February 14, please continue spreading the word! (share our poster)

Services for Women Short Directory

February 12th, 2013

As part of the Victoria Rising – One Billion Rising event we have created a short directory of services in Victoria that may be helpful for women surviving abuse. Click here to download and share!

Facials for a Good Cause

February 6th, 2013

Zoe of Pender Botanicals is offering mini facials by donation this Saturday the 9th at the Featherhead Salon in Fernwood. All proceeds will be donated to Victoria Women’s Transition House. She still has many openings available, and some simultaneous appointments for two or three friends. Email penderbotanicals@hotmail.com to book an appointment for yourself or someone you love!

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