The BC Society of Transition Houses envisions communities free from violence for all women, children and youth.

Through training, resources, advocacy and research, the BC Society of Transition Houses supports anti-violence workers in British Columbia who deliver support services and programs for women, children and youth experiencing violence.

How we support

Our members are on the front line of providing direct services and supports to women and their children who are seeking safety from violence and abuse. They work in Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes and PEACE programs throughout BC.

Who we support
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Through training, resources, advocacy and research, the BC Society of Transition Houses supports anti-violence workers in British Columbia who deliver support services and programs for women, children and youth experiencing violence.
Our members are on the front line of providing direct services and supports to women and their children who are seeking safety from violence and abuse. They work in Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes and PEACE programs throughout BC.
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Latest News

Find the latest news impacting anti-violence workers in BC and Canada.

Amended Mental Disorder Presumption Regulation – Providing the Mental Disorder Presumption to Other Occupations

June 10th, 2024
We are pleased to inform you of the successful lobbying efforts led by Police Victim Services of BC (PVSBC) in concert with the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and...

BCSTH 2023 24 Hour Census Survey Reports

April 14th, 2024
A huge thank you to all of the Transition Housing and Supports Programs and PEACE Programs who participated in the 24 Hour Census on November 29-30, 2023. We are pleased...

Funding Announcement of $1.4 Million for PEACE and VIP Programs

March 25th, 2024
BCSTH is thrilled by the announcement today, March 25, 2024, by Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, Kelli Paddon, Office of the Minister of Finance and by the Ministry of Public...

BCSTH Receives CMHC Gold Roof Award

February 22nd, 2024
We are thrilled to announce that BCSTH has been awarded the prestigious CMHC Gold Roof Award for Knowledge to Action for the groundbreaking research on the Women-Centred Housing Design Toolkit,...

BCSTH 2023 24 Hour Census Survey Highlights

February 14th, 2024
The 2023 24 Hour Census survey numbers are in! A huge thank you to all of the Transition Housing and Supports Programs and PEACE Programs who participated in the 24-Hour...

BCSTH Bursary Fund (BBF) Evaluation Project

January 30th, 2024
BCSTH is pleased to launch the final report from the BCSTH Bursary Fund (BBF) Evaluation Project. This report evaluated the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) Bursary Fund (BBF), a...

B.C. supporting survivors, breaking the cycle of gender-based violence

December 10th, 2023
B.C. is ramping up safety and supports for survivors of gender-based violence with a new three-year action plan released on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. “We have a great deal of work...

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia sign bilateral agreement to end gender-based violence

December 8th, 2023
December 8, 2023 – Vancouver, British Columbia — Women and Gender Equality Canada Living a life free from violence is a fundamental human right, unfortunately gender-based violence (GBV) continues to be...

Women-Centred Housing Design Toolkit

April 19th, 2023
BCSTH is pleased to announce the launch of the Women-Centred Housing Design Toolkit. This Toolkit (PDF and online version) is the result of multiple engagement sessions and contributions from women with lived experiences...

BCSTH 2022 24 Hour Census Survey Reports

April 16th, 2023
A huge thank you to all of the Transition Housing and Supports Programs and PEACE Programs who participated in the 24 Hour Census on November 30th & December 1st 2022....

2023 International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2023
On this 2023 International Women’s Day, the BC Society of Transition Houses honour and celebrate our members, partners, anti-violence groups and women supporting organizations for the life saving work they...

BCSTH 2022 24 Hour Census Survey Highlights

February 16th, 2023
The 2022 24 Hour Census survey numbers are in! A huge thank you to all of the Transition Housing and Supports Programs and PEACE Programs who participated in the 24...

Statement in Solidarity with the Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

December 6th, 2022
“One of the things that makes this National Inquiry unique is that we are not investigating a past wrong, but one that is still ongoing and that is getting worse....

Government of Canada to Fund Crisis Hotlines Responding to Gender-Based Violence in British Columbia

November 25th, 2022
News Release November 25, 2022 – Victoria, British Columbia — Women and Gender Equality Canada Crisis hotlines are a lifeline to survivors of gender-based violence and are critical support services....

Notice of 2022 Annual General Meeting

October 4th, 2022
The 2022 BCSTH AGM will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 1:15-2:15pm PST at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond BC. The AGM will also be livestreamed for those...

2022 BC Municipal Election Toolkit

September 26th, 2022
BCSTH has developed this toolkit to encourage candidates running in the October 2022 municipal election to work to eliminate violence against women and children in their community. The toolkit includes...

BCSTH Launches the Technology-Facilitated Gender Based Violence Report

September 23rd, 2022
89% of BC’s anti-violence workers report having supported service users through experiences Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence (TFGBV).  TFGBV occurs when digital spaces and devices are intentionally used to harass, abuse and...

Tech Without Violence in Rural and Remote BC

June 9th, 2022
BCSTH is launching a new Tech Safety Project, funded by a MPSSG CFO grant, “Tech Without Violence in Rural and Remote BC”. The new project responds to reported gaps in...

Teen Digital Dating Violence Toolkit

May 31st, 2022
BCSTH’s Tech Safety Project is excited to launch our new Teen Digital Dating Violence Toolkit. This toolkit includes resources from various credible sources from organizations helping teens identify if digital dating...

PEACE Program campaign during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2022

May 15th, 2022
BCSTH was delighted to receive funding from the Department of Justice Canada to launch a PEACE Program campaign during Victims and Survivors of Crime week 2022! The PEACE Program PSA...
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Current Projects

Read about our wide range of projects and partnerships.
The FLAIR for PEACE Toolkit is a resource for PEACE Program Counsellors which offers information about how to support non-offending caregivers and children who are navigating legal issues in BC....
With an increase in the frequency and intensity of climate events in British Columbia and around the world, economic pressures, supply chain issues, political unrest, increasing cyber threats and limited...
This legal toolkit is designed for anti-violence workers responding to violence against women, children and youth. The toolkit includes information sheets, webinars, legal research, sample templates and provides general information...
Violence is a leading cause for housing precarity among women and their children in British Columbia. The ongoing housing crisis across the province often leaves women with few options for...
The Women-Centred Housing Design toolkit explores housing design that is specifically for women with experiences of violence. Through a co-creation process, engaging women with lived experiences, in consultation with the...
Keys to Home is a two-year project funded by the Community Housing Transformation Fund through a Sectoral Impact Grant. The project conducted a Gaps Analysis and developed a toolkit regarding...
The Tech Without Violence in Rural and Remote BC responds to reported gaps in technology literacy for anti-violence workers and program-users in rural, remote, and Indigenous (RRI) communities. The project...
Launched in 2021, this three-year project in partnership with Women’s Shelter Canada (WSC), PEACE for Canadian Children & Youth: Training and Peer Mentorship for Women’s Shelters in Northern, Rural and...
BCSTH Transportation Project: Embedding a Gender-Based Approach into Northern and Rural Transportation Systems. This community-based project takes aim at systems-level beliefs and behaviours that lead to unsafe, unreliable, inaccessible transportation...
The BCSTH Bursary Fund (BBF) supports women with experiences of violence to access a bursary for education and employment opportunities that enhance their job-related skills and credentials. The goal of...
Reaching Out with Yoga was a 5-year collaborative project between the BC Society of Transition Houses and Yoga Outreach. This research project looked at how participating in trauma-informed yoga can...
Women who have experienced violence and who have mental health and substance use issues often face restricted access to transition and second stage houses and safe homes. As a result,...
Cedar Blankets: Building Wraparound Supports & Reducing Barriers for Indigenous Women and Children to Transition Houses and Safe Homes is a 5-year project funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada...
The Getting Home Project: Overcoming Barriers to Housing after Violence focuses on reducing barriers to safe, secure and affordable housing for women experiencing violence in BC. Since 2018, this project...
Since 2004, PEACE Programs have been partnering with educators of grades K through 12 in schools in their community to increase awareness about domestic violence and the impact domestic violence...
The goal of this project was to develop a guide to assist service providers to help women, children and youth who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence...
Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence was a collaborative, three-year, community-based project, co-led by the BC NonProfit Housing Association, the BC Society of Transition...
There has been an increasing trend reported by Canadian anti-violence workers where technology use and violence overlap. Technology can be used both to keep women* and children safe and misused...
Discover the online, in-person and customized training options we offer, tailored to the needs of anti-violence workers.
Online Training
This self-paced online course is designed for support workers in Transition Housing programs who assist aging and older women fleeing intimate partner violence. BCSTH recognizes that all member programs work...
Online Training
The goal of the Building Supports Promising Practices training is to enhance the capacity, practices and policies of transition house staff and management to better support immigrant and refugee women...
Online Training
This online toolkit is designed to walk organizations through the 8-stage process of developing an Emergency Management & Service Continuity (EMSC) Program. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete...
Online Training
Understanding violence against women in Canada. This self-directed online course provides an introduction to understanding the causes, nature, effects and scope of violence against women generally and in Canada specifically....
Online Training
This course covers foundational Long-term Housing knowledge including a Women-Centred Housing Model, exploring the Housing Continuum, and the Residential Tenancy Act. It is designed for BCSTH members who are new...
Online Training
Indigenous women experience distinct forms of violence as a result of historical and contemporary colonial policies and attitudes. The layering of colonial and gender violence has resulted in devastating outcomes....
Online Training
The purpose of the toolkit is to provide front line workers legal information and resources tailored to meet the needs of the anti-violence sector. The toolkit aims to be a...
Online Training
PEACE I focuses on learning how to work from a feminist and child-centred perspective. Participants learn important background on child and youth development, and how a child or youth’s development...
Online Training
PEACE II teaches how to design and run a PEACE program; how to work with mothers and with other professional service providers; and how to ensure support for PEACE counsellors....
In Person Training
Women who have experienced violence and who have mental health and substance use issues often face restricted access to transition and second stage houses and safe homes. As a result,...
Online Training
This course is designed to support Transition House, Second Stage and Safe Home staff in understanding the connections between violence, substance use and mental wellness, unpacking common beliefs and assumptions...
Online Training
VIP Training is a self-directed online course focusing on an overview of violence prevention in the context of gender-based violence in Canada, including our society’s thoughts about children and youth’s...
Online Training
Transition Housing Programs are unique environments, with most entailing communal living environments with women, youth and children who may be in the midst of, or overcoming, crises.This course explores the...

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