FILM SCREENING IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL VICTIMS OF CRIME AWARENESS WEEK

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

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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

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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

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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 http://www.transitionhouse.net/donate/wish-list and contact Beth Turner at 250-592-2927 x 214.

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 info@vwth.bc.ca.

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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!

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