The BC Society of Transition Houses provides support to Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes and PEACE (formerly Children Who Witness Abuse) and Violence is Preventable programs through training, advocacy, research and resources.
- 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
- 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.
PEACE Programs (formally Children Who Witness Abuse Programs)
The Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment (PEACE) program for children and youth experiencing violence, (formerly the Children Who Witness Abuse program) is a free, confidential program across BC for children and youth aged 3 to 18 who have experienced domestic violence.
PEACE programs use psycho-educational methods including group and individual 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
Violence is preventable (VIP) is a free, confidential, school-based violence prevention program for school age children and youth in grades K through 12 who have experienced violence.
VIP programs link school districts and individual schools with PEACE programs. Through these links schools and PEACE programs work together to ensure that children and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence 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 domestic violence
- Support educators, counselors and administrators increasing effective, sustainable support services for children and youth in schools