Victoria Women’s Transition House

Social Service


Established in 1975 in Victoria, BC with a vision for a community free of violence and abuse, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence and abuse of women and children who witness abuse.

We offer non-judgmental, compassionate care and supportive services for women and individuals who identify as women. Our services include:

  • 18-bed Emergency Shelter with a second shelter opened during COVID-19
  • 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line
  • Stopping the Violence, trauma-informed women’s counselling
  • Children Who Witness Abuse/PEACE program – trauma-informed individual and group counselling including Violence Is Preventable (VIP) in-school workshops and Summer/Spring Break Camps
  • Older Women’s Safe Home/Outreach including health and wellness programs and expressive arts
  • Third Stage Transitional Housing Program for older women
  • Spousal Assault Victim Support
  • Regional Domestic Violence Unit
  • Family Law Advocacy Project
  • Homeless Prevention Program
  • Community Education and Volunteer Program


We believe:

  • Each woman has the right to choose the direction of her life according to her own values and needs
  • Each woman and child has the right to a safe, respectful environment
  • Each woman and child has the right to confidential services

As a Society:

  • We value diversity and promote acceptance and inclusion
  • We value the unique contributions to the Society by Board members, staff, volunteers, clients, funders, donors, and community partners
  • Our work is carried out from a feminist perspective
  • We are accountable and fiscally responsible
  • We are non-partisan

It is with much respect to the Lkwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of the W̱SÁNEĆ, Esquimalt, and Songhees Nations, on whose traditional territories the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society is located that we make this acknowledgement with the expressed shared hope to live in communities free of intimate partner and family violence.

Our Impact

In 2021-22, Victoria Women’s Transition House assisted thousands of women and children at our Emergency Shelter, Crisis Line and through our many supportive programs and services.

  • 287 women and children accessed Emergency Shelter
  • 4980 calls to our Crisis and Information Line
  • 51 women’s drop-in support group sessions
  • 1220 individual Stopping the Violence counselling sessions
  • 117 children and youth assisted through PEACE programs
  • 289 older women’s individual counselling sessions
  • 824 children and youth caregiver sessions
  • 222 clients assisted through Stopping the Violence program
  • 1200+ queries responded to by the Stopping the violence team
  • 74 clients assisted by the Regional Domestic Violence Unit team
  • 114 women supported through the Family Law Advocacy project
  • 76 volunteers assisted contributing 800+ volunteer hours
  • 308 client families and individual women supported through the Holiday Hamper project

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Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects people of all ages, incomes and cultural backgrounds. Physical violence with emotionally abusive and controlling behavior is part of a larger, systemic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of the violence and abuse can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Your gift to Victoria Women’s Transition House helps us help women and children overcome the impacts of violence and abuse. Your gift supports our Emergency Shelters as well as our 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line, Women’s Counselling, Children Who Witness Abuse/PEACE Counselling (including Summer and Spring Break Camps) and Older Women’s Outreach – counselling, expressive arts and health and wellness programs.

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