BC Counselling Model for Children and Youth Survivors of Gender-Based Violence to be Shared Nationally

Vancouver – BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) have launched a three-year project to provide training and mentorship to shelter workers in northern, rural and remote areas across Canada. The project will focus on enhancing the capacity of women’s shelters to offer specialized supports for vulnerable children and youth who have experienced and/or witnessed gender-based violence.

The project, PEACE for Canadian Children & Youth: Training and Peer Mentorship for Women’s Shelters in Northern, Rural and Remote Communities to Build Specialized Supports for Children & Youth Survivors and Witnesses of Gender-Based Violence, will deliver online training to frontline shelter workers at 30 pilot sites. Mentors will be drawn from current PEACE counsellors throughout the province. In addition, project results will be used to generate a legacy blueprint of promising practices that will be available for widespread use.

The training and mentorship for this project is based on the successful “Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment” (PEACE) Program for children and youth responding to violence. This psycho-educational program is currently delivered at 86 sites by 155 counsellors in British Columbia. Originally known as the “Children Who Witness Abuse” (CWWA) Program, the PEACE Program was created by BC transition houses in 1992 to provide dedicated counselling supports to children coming into women’s shelters.

This three-year project is made possible with funding from Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada as part of their Safe Kids Initiative, which has made response to the escalation in gender-based violence during COVID-19 a key priority.

For more information, please contact:

Amy S. FitzGerald, Executive Director
BC Society of Transition Houses
778-955-5582
amy@bcsth.ca

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