Reducing Barriers to Support for Women who Experience Violence

In 2009 BCSTH received funding from Status of Women Canada for a 2.5 year project Reduce Barriers to Support for Women Who Experience Violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness and substance use. This research-based project involved consultations with women from across the province and resulted in development of a Promising Practices Tool Kit and training for services that support women.


The Reducing Barriers toolkit provides Transition Housing programs, and other service providers that support women, with tools to effectively provide services to women fleeing violence who have varying levels of mental wellness and/or substance use. Taking into consideration that no one set of practices will be appropriate for every program, the toolkit focuses on a number of promising approaches that have been identified as essential for supporting women, and provides examples of how these approaches might be put into practice. The development of the toolkit was funded through Status of Women Canada. Please contact BCSTH to learn more about the training that accompanies this toolkit.

Download Reducing Barriers to Support for Women Fleeing Violence: A Toolkit for Supporting Women withVarying Levels of Mental Wellness and Substance Use [PDF]


Evaluation Key Findings Report

Findings and key recommendations from the external evaluation of the Reducing Barriers project conducted by Arbor Educational & Clinical Consulting Inc. Feel free to contact us to find out how we are implementing the recommendations as we move forward.

Reducing Barriers Key Findings [PDF]

Discussion Paper

To kick off the process of developing Promising Practices for supporting women in Transitional Houses in BC, we have composed a research-based discussion paper outlining:

  • The links between violence against women, mental wellness and substance use
  • Barriers to service for women
  • Barriers to providing support to women
  • Components of Best Practices for supporting women

This discussion paper will help to form the basis of our Promising Practices toolkit for supporting women in Transitional Housing in BC.

We encourage women impacted by violence, mental wellness and/or substance use, service agencies in these three sectors, researchers and anyone else interested to review the paper. Your feedback will be valuable as we move forward with this project.

Download Reducing Barriers to Support Discussion Paper  [PDF]

For more information about the project, please contact our Project Coordinator.


Report on Violence Against Women, Mental Health and Substance Use

A report summarizing the review we conducted for the Canadian Women’s Foundation to enhance grant making, analyze emerging trends, and understand the current philanthropic environment of services for women who have experienced violence and who have mental health and substance use concerns.

Download Report on Violence Against Women, Mental Health and Substance Use [PDF]