Transition houses, safe homes, and second stage houses provide temporary housing in a safe, secure environment for women and their children leaving abusive relationships. Their addresses are not widely publicized to try to keep them safer.
||Second stage houses
- Women and their children usually stay in a transition house for less than a month.
- Safe homes provide temporary accommodation in communities where transition houses do not exist.
- They may be a rental apartment, private home, or hotel unit.
- Second stage houses help women who have left abusive relationships make long-term plans for independent living.
- Women and their children usually stay in second stage houses for six to 18 months.
BC Housing provides contact lists for:
- transition houses (look for "TH" in the right-hand column),
- safe homes (look for "SH" in the right-hand column), and
- second stage houses.
Tip: The BC Housing and BC Society of Transition Houses websites both contain a lot of good information about transition houses.