The BC Society of Transition Houses provides support to Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes and Children Who Witness Abuse and Violence is Preventable programs through training, advocacy, research and resources.

Transition Houses

  • Provide short- to long-term shelter and related support services to women, children, and youth who have experienced or are at risk of violence
  • Offer temporary safe shelter and support to enable women to make decisions about their future
  • Increase women’s awareness of violence against women
  • Are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Second Stage Houses

  • Provide service-enhanced affordable temporary housing for women, children and youth who have recently experienced violence
  • Offer women, children and youth secure, affordable housing for 3 to 12 months, as well as support and programming that enable women and families to make decisions about their future
  • Deliver varying levels of support, but not generally staffed 24 hours a day or 7 days a week

Third Stage Houses

  • Provide supportive housing for women who have left violent relationships and who no longer need crisis service support
  • Offer independent long-term housing with lengths of tenancy from 2 to 4 years
  • Deliver varying  levels of support but not staffed 24 hours a day or 7 days a week

Safe Homes

  • Are community-based networks of private homes that shelter women and their children
  • Typically offer short stay placements, but can be longer if required
  • Provide outreach services in small rural communities that are often geographically far apart.

Visit our Directory of Member Programs & Services or the BC Housing site to find a complete list of Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses and Safe Houses.

Children Who Witness Abuse Programs

Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) is a free, confidential program across BC for children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have been exposed to violence in their relationships.

CWWA programs use psychoeducational methods including individual and group counselling to help children and youth to:

  • Understand what violence against women is, that they are not alone, and that the violence is not their fault
  • Identify support networks and develop a safety plan
  • Identify their feelings and express them in healthy ways
  • Recognize their strengths and increase their self-confidence
  • Develop problem solving and coping skills

Visit our Directory of Member Programs & Services or the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General site to find a CWWA program in your community.

Violence Is Preventable Programs

Violence is preventable (VIP) is a free, confidential, school-based violence prevention program for children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have been exposed to violence.

VIP programs link school districts and individual schools with CWWA programs. Through these links schools and CWWA programs work together to ensure that children and youth who have been impacted by violence in their relationships receive the necessary support and services. VIP programs:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of the effects that violence has on children and youth
  • Challenge and change attitudes about the silence and misperceptions about violence against women
  • Facilitate partnerships between schools and communities to respond to the emotional, social, academic, and psychological needs of children exposed to violence against women
  • Support educators, counselors and administrators increasing effective, sustainable support services for children and youth in schools

Directory of Member Programs & Services

Our directory is a complete listing of all BCSTH members’ programs and services including Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes and Children Who Witness Abuse and Violence is Preventable programs across BC.

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