Join Us for a Benefit Concert!

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.


My Experience at The Transition House as a CFCS Practicum Student

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


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.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 13th, 2015


National Volunteer Week takes place April 12-18, bringing awareness to the impact and difference volunteers make in our community. The theme this year of NVW -“Volunteers are part of the ripple effect”.

At Transition House, our Volunteers are invaluable in the work we do. They help us with many of the daily tasks associated with keeping the shelter clean, organized and stocked with food and clothing. Our volunteers garden, prepare meals for families, and answer crisis class from women looking for space in our shelter, or just a listening ear.  The presence of volunteers throughout the house, frees up staff time to meet the needs of women and families staying with us.

We often say volunteers are the heart of our agency, bringing a positive energy into the house through their selfless giving.  The work of our volunteers, directly impacts the lives of women and children in the shelter, and we believe this effect and the example they set, sends ripples into the larger community.

We are excited to welcome a new batch of 11 Crisis Line Volunteers, and 10 In house volunteers this month. Quite a few of our volunteers are venturing into their Masters Degrees in Social Service/Counselling related fields, or retiring from their duties after years of service- and we are grateful to have been included in their journey of giving.

During volunteer week we would like to send an extra big thank you to all our agency volunteers. Thank you for choosing to bring your own unique experience, skills and passion into our lives every day- Our volunteers rock!!

For more information about our volunteer program, please contact Rachel.

Film Screening Events April 23, 2015

April 2nd, 2015


More Help for Families with Children on Assistance

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

December 10th, 2014


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

December Events

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

August 21st, 2014

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In Response to a Call Out For Donated Items

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 and contact Beth Turner at 250-592-2927 x 214.

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