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GBV Transitional Housing, Counseling & Supports


Assaulted Women's Helpline or 1-866-863-0511 (crisis line)

The Assaulted Women's Helpline provides a space to support women who have experienced abuse in Ontario. Crisis counseling, emotional support, guidance, and referrals are free, confidential, and anonymous. 200+ languages are supported via telephone. Online counseling is also available from 11 am to 8 pm.  

Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (BSCC)

BSCC provides legal assistance and trauma-informed counseling in multiple languages available to assist diverse women and gender-diverse who have experienced abuse.

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

ONSADVTC helps people find and contact treatment centres across Ontario that provide comprehensive care and treatment to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 


MulberryFinder allows people to search for gender-based violence services in Ontario based on the type of service, the programs offered, the type of provision (text, telephone, etc.), and accessibility features. Supports for newcomers and people with precarious status are specifically provided. 

British Columbia

Battered Women's Support Services or 1-855-687-1868 (crisis line) 

Battered Women's Support Services helps educate, advocate for, and support victims and survivors of gender-based violence with a focus on eliminating barriers to accessing these services for marginalized women. 

BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)

BCSTH supplies a resource portal that provides links to resources and information for and about Indigenous women and girls, 2SLGBTQI+ people, mental health and addictions support, companion animals, gender-based violence, and children and youth. 

YWCA Metro Vancouver

The YWCA seeks to advance gender equity for diverse people through programs and services that support personal, collective, and economic well-being such as housing assistance, support for single moms, legal supports, mentorship, and childcare. 

BC Housing

BC Housing provides a list of transition houses and safe homes for women fleeing violence in BC, including contact information and locations for each one. See here for eligibility:

Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMFSS)

VLMFSS offers free and confidential services to immigrant, refugee, visible minority, and non-status women and children experiencing family violence in Metro Vancouver. Services include culturally and linguistically sensitive support; advocacy, counselling, and support through workers; and continuity of support. 

Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre or

Salal provides support services to survivors of sexualized violence including cis and trans women, Two-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary people. Services include emergency crisis support, hospital accompaniment, criminal legal system support, Elder support, individual counselling, support circles, workshops, and more. Services are free and confidential. 

Sex Workers Action Network (SWAN) Vancouver

SWAN promotes the rights, health, and safety of im/migrant women in sex work by offering language- and culturally specific, non-stigmatizing services that address social, health, legal, immigration, and criminal justice needs.

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