The Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment (PEACE) program for children and youth experiencing violence, (formerly Children Who Witness Abuse) is a free, confidential program across BC for children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have experienced domestic violence.

Based on psycho-educational methods, PEACE programs provide individual and group counselling to help children and youth:

  • 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 to find PEACE programs in BC.

If you are in immediate danger,
call your local police
or dial 9-1-1

Program Details

Resources for PEACE Program Counsellors

This online toolkit provides PEACE programs with resources to support their work with children, youth, caregivers and delivering the Violence Is Preventable (VIP) Program.
This PSA for the PEACE Program shares information about children and youth’s exposure to violence and raises awareness about PEACE Programs across BC. You can view a short version of the PSA here.
PEACE Program Videos for Use during COVID-19
During a public health crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, when public health officials recommend “social distancing” to slow the spread of infection, providing support services to women and their children experiencing domestic violence via technology may be useful and necessary to connect with women, children and youth. A series of videos made by BC’s PEACE Programs to share with participant’s to supplement your work can be found here. The video library is password protected. Please email if you require the password.
PEACE Program Policy Template Guides
The following BCSTH templates are designed for PEACE Programs to use and adapt to develop their own set of policies.
Additional PEACE Program Resources

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