Abuse & family violence


Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC
Information and publications about the issues that are important to Aboriginal people. Includes information on abuse and family violence, child protection, Gladue rights, First Nations Court, Indian Residential Schools Settlement, and harvesting rights (fishing, hunting, and gathering).

BC Association of Community Response Networks
Information about community response networks and the association that supports them, plus resources and links to other sites to help prevent abuse and neglect of all adults 19 and older.

BC's Criminal Justice System (Attorney General ministry)
Basic information for court users, victims of crime, witnesses, offenders, and anyone interested in knowing more about the criminal justice system and what services and resources are available.

BC Housing — Women's Transition Housing and Supports
BC Housing provides funding for transition houses, safe houses, and second stage houses, which provide temporary shelter/housing and support services for women (with or without children) who have experienced violence or are at risk of experiencing violence. There is a contact list on the website.

BC Society of Transition Houses
Website of a non-profit association of transition houses, safe houses, second stage houses, and other groups that serve the needs of abused women and their children.

Website aimed at enhancing access to justice in BC links to legal information and education designed for the public from 24 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.

Department of Justice Canada — Family Violence
Information about all kinds of family violence (directed at children, adults, or seniors), the laws about family violence, and the kind of help that is available to you.

Family Justice — Keeping Your Family Safe (Attorney General ministry)
How to keep you and your children safe when you leave a violent relationship.

International Child Abductions: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
An online manual (also available as a PDF) providing information and resources about child abductions by one of the parents.

Keeping Kids Safe from Abuse in BC (Attorney General ministry)
Sets out what everyone can do to prevent child abuse.

Legal Publications and Projects (YWCA Vancouver)
Links to publications and projects for women leaving abusive relationships, including a brochure and poster about transition houses, crisis lines, and other support organizations, a plain language legal guide (in traditional Chinese, English, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese) about custody and access for women with children, and information for service providers working with mothers without status.

Question and answer pathways (on separation and divorce, making a will or personal plan, foreclosure, and family violence) that lead to an action plan. Plus an online negotiation platform for couples to work together on their separation plan/agreement. Publications about the law.

VictimLink BC
A province-wide telephone help line for victims of family and sexual violence, and all other crimes. VictimLink BC is available free to people across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WorkSafe BC
Resources about personal safety in the workplace.