Children Who Witness Domestic Violence DVD Available Now

June 2nd, 2014

The Victoria Women’s Transition House is pleased to announce their educational DVD “Behind Closed Doors” is now available for purchase.

“Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Domestic Violence” is a video whose primary audience is parents who have gone through or who are currently experiencing domestic violence.  It is designed to be viewed in the presence of professional facilitators. The facilitator’s role is an important one, in guiding the audience through discussion after the screening.

The content is driven by psychologist Dr. Sandra Wieland who explains some of the physiological processes of the brain that occur when children are impacted by domestic violence. She and another professional suggest strategies for both children and parents to counter the negative impact of witnessing violence.

For more information or to purchase a copy of “Behind Closed Doors”, please contact Heidi Gayleard at 250-592-2927 or email

Behind Closed Doors DVD Order Form


Young Entrepreneur Supports VWTH

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

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!

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

Resolve to Volunteer This Year!

January 16th, 2014

Volunteers at Victoria Women’s Transition House contribute more than 5000 hours annually and assist us with a remarkable array of activities including staffing our crisis line, preparing meals and shopping for our shelter, child minding, hosting events and booths, assisting with clerical tasks and more.

We welcome you to join us as a volunteer!

Through volunteering at VWTH, you can contribute to our mission to end violence against women, learn and educate others about the issue of relationship abuse and make great community connections! To find out more about volunteering and to apply, visit our volunteer pages here or contact our volunteer coordinator Dianne de Champlain at 250-592-2927 or




We’re Hiring!

January 7th, 2014

Want to contribute to a great organization making lives better for women in our community? We’re hiring! Check out our opportunities here.


Happy New Year Everyone!

January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! We are so grateful for the generous support of our community and the hundred different ways each of you have contributed to the work of Transition House over the past year. Thank you!
May 2014 be everything you wish for!

Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2013

From all of us at Victoria Women’s Transition House, we send wishes for a safe, happy, holiday season and a peaceful New Year filled with love!


Our 24 hr Crisis and Information line, as well as the shelter, will be open throughout the holidays.

The Community Office will have limited hours through the  holiday season:


Tuesday, December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wednesday, December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED

Thursday, December 26 BOXING DAY CLOSED

Friday, December 27 Regular Hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Wednesday, January 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY CLOSED

Thursday, January 2 Regular Hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


A few more items for Santa…

December 11th, 2013

We had the most amazing hamper weekend ever, thanks to our incredibly generous hamper sponsors and volunteers. All of our families were matched but we still have need for a few special items for our Shelter – your help is much appreciated! 

Thank you so much Victoria, you are such a generous community!


Needed Items (New Please)

Winter coats for women and children

PJ’s for women and children

Crafts, puzzles and board games

Children’s books

Women’s and children’s clothing for all ages

Items can be dropped off at our community office between 9- 5 pm at 3060 Cedar Hill Road, Suite 100. Please contact our Development Team if you have any questions – 250-592-2927.


Victoria, You’re the Best!

December 2nd, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our community office is filling up with hamper items thanks to all the generous sponsors of our Christmas Hamper Program. We are so grateful!

All of the families and women on our list are matched now. If you still want to contribute- check out our options for hampers for expectant families (the ones who will be arriving in coming weeks), as well as our ongoing wish list. Thanks Victoria, you’re great! ♥


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