COVID-19 Response

We are committed to the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and community. VWTH has taken the following measures to continue supporting women and children escaping intimate partner violence and abuse through our groups:

•Group sessions are proceeding with COVID-19 precautions in place

• Our 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line, 250-385-6611 is open for anyone who might have questions or concerns

Read more about our COVID-19 response here. For more information, please email info@vwth.bc.ca or call our Community Office on 250-592-2927, M–F, 9 am–4 pm.

Women’s Drop-In Support Group

This trauma-informed, psycho-educational group is for women aged 19 and over who have experienced or are experiencing intimate partner abuse. Participants may drop in as they wish without committing to weekly attendance. The group format includes discussion on relevant topics, educational materials, information on community resources, and a facilitated check-in. Expressive arts, yoga, meditation, and workshops with guest speakers are also offered. Nutritional snacks are provided and childcare funds are available for the care of children under 9.

Funding for this group is provided by the City of Victoria and individual donors.

Turning the Tide for Older Women

This arts-based personal empowerment group for women over 50, will use the creative process to explore what aging means and what we need to do to thrive. All supplies are provided.

Funding for this group is provided by The Tony and Mignon Fenton Trust, the District of Oak Bay and individual donors.

Older Women’s Group

This support group is open to women who are presently receiving services from the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society Older Women’s program.

Stride

A fitness group focused on health and well-being. Under the guidance of a certified instructor, participants learn the basic principles of being physically active. The group consists of fall prevention, education, strength, balance, and coordination. For women over 50 of all fitness levels.

Stop the Violence – Small Group Women’s Counselling with Yoga

A weekly, 4-session, closed-group counselling program, this group offers supportive counselling with weekly trauma-informed yoga. Childminding provided. Sessions alternate between evenings and daytime to maximize client access.

Funding for this group is provided by individual donors.

Healing Through the Arts Group

This ten-week arts program provides mixed media classes for Older Women survivors of partner abuse.

Funding for this group is provided by the CRD Arts Commission and individual donors.

Self-sufficiency and Assets Through Financial Education (S.A.F.E.)

S.A.F.E. is a unique financial literacy project designed to meet the specific needs of residents of the Third Stage Transitional Housing at Victoria Women’s Transition House. The project aims to help participants achieve residential stability, a sense of security and financial independence, and to encourage self-efficacy, goal setting and community involvement.

Funding for this group is provided by individual donors.

PEACE Program Group Counselling

This is an eight-week counselling group for children, designed to educate and help build skills around regulating emotions, identifying abuse, ensuring personal safety, communicating boundaries, and more. By exploring these concepts and teaching healthier patterns of relationship behavior, these fundamental skills effectively disrupt the cyclical patterns of violence that so many children and families experience.

PEACE Camps for Children

Summer and Spring break camps are for children and youth who have witnessed intimate partner violence and abuse at home. They have the opportunity to come together for activities, group counselling, adventure and support.

Funding for this group is provided by Peninsula Co-op, Victoria Harbourside Rotary, Victoria Foundation Vital Youth – Oak Bay High School Endowment Fund, Norgaard Foundation and individual donors.

SHINE: Girls Group Counselling

This group is a ten-week group counselling program that responds specifically to the needs of girls ages 10-13 who have witnessed abuse. Shine covers key themes such as confidence, trust, emotions, relationships, stress and coping, abuse, assertiveness and boundaries, body image and self-expression.

Funding for this group is provided by the Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation and individual donors.

Boys Counselling Group

An eight-week boys group focused on exploring masculinity, with specific attention on building healthy relationship skills. Topics covered will include power dynamics, gendered violence, consent, rejection, accountability, and self-expression as a male-identifying individual. This group is open to male-identifying children aged 10-13 years (must meet program intake requirements).

Funding for this group is provided by the Sovereign Order of Saint John ‘Angels Group and individual donors.

DO YOU NEED HELP RIGHT NOW? 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 250.385.6611