Who can help

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS)

BWSS provides education, advocacy and support services to assist all battered women in its aim to work towards the elimination of violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promotes equality for all women.

BWSS Provides:

  • Crisis Support
  • Counselling – Long term and Stopping the Violence Counselling
  • Victim Services
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Indigenous Women’s Program
  • Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment (AWARE) Program
  • Latin American Women’s Program
  • Women’s Safety and Outreach Program
  • Violence Prevention & Intervention Volunteer Training
  • Law Reform
  • Retail Program
  • Strategic Interventions Training for Service Providers
  • Social Enterprise

All their services are provided by trained workers who work from an empowerment model and from a feminist, anti-oppression perspective.  BWSS is available Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00p.m.

PO Box 21503,
1424 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC V5L 5G2
Crisis + Intake Line: 604-687-1867
Business Phone: 604-687-1868
Toll Free: 1-855-687-1868
Email: information@bwss.org

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres (CASAC)

CASAC is a Pan Canadian group of sexual assault centres who have come together to implement the legal, social and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, rape and sexual assault. As feminists, they recognize that violence against women is one of the strongest indicators of prevailing societal attitudes towards women. The intent of the Canadian Association is to act as a force for social change regarding violence against women at the individual, the institutional and the political level.

Phone: 604-876-2622
Fax: 604-876-8450
Email: casac01@shaw.ca

Crime Victim’s Assistance Program (VictimLink BC)

The Crime Victim Assistance Program assists victims of violent offences, their immediate family members and some witnesses in coping with the effects of the offence by providing benefits to help offset their financial costs and assist in their recovery.

VictimLink BC provides information and referral services for victims of family and sexual violence and all other crimes. VictimLink BC is toll-free, province-wide, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phone: 1-800-563-0808.
TTY: 604-875-0885, to call collect, call Telus Relay Service: 711
Text: 604-836-6381
Email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA)

EVA’s Community Based Victim Services Programs provide crucial emotional support, information, referrals, justice system support and liaison services for survivors of sexual assault, violence in relationships and violence against children and youth. These programs also work to ensure that a coordinated response is in place in their community. Some specialized programs provide support to survivors of violence who have specific needs, such as adult male survivors and survivors from Indigenous and multicultural communities.

EVA’s Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs provide essential counselling and support (including information, referrals and in some cases, system liaison services) for women who have experienced sexual assault, violence in relationships, and/or childhood abuse.

EVA’s Stopping the Violence and Multicultural Outreach Programs respond to the needs of adult women and their dependent children who have experienced or are at risk of violence. Programs support women to identify and access the services they need. They provide counselling, referral to other community services and assistance with systems such as child protection and family court. They also work to ensure that a coordinated response is in place in the community. These programs provide community education to raise awareness about the effect of violence against women and the services needed to address it. As needed, they provide local transportation, accompaniment and advocacy.

EVA’s Sexual Assault / Woman Assault Centres provide crisis intervention, hospital and police accompaniment, counselling and advocacy for women and girls dealing with sexual assault and historical child sexual abuse. While funding was cut to the 23 centres in 2003, many of these programs still exist through Community-Based Victim Services funding and other fund-raised resources.

1404 – 510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8

Phone: 604-633-2506
Toll Free (members only): 1-877-633-2505
Fax: 604-633-2507


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)

SANE provides a health care environment that aids in minimizing further trauma to sexual assault patients. Provides immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive treatment by a trained professional nurse examiner; interaction in a neutral manner to help patients make an informed decision, offers comprehensive forensic evaluation (collection of evidence), expert or professional testimony in court trials as a witness, and referrals for follow-up care. Accessed through the following Emergency Departments, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Email: forensicnursingservice@fraserhealth.ca
More information about forensic nursing service: fraserhealth.ca/Service-Directory/Services/Hospital-Services/forensic-nursing-service

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
32900 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 0C2
Phone: 604-854-2116

Surrey Memorial Hospital
13750 96 Avenue
Surrey, B.C. V3V 1Z2
Phone: 604.585.5688
Fax: 604.953.4723

The list of other places in BC where it is possible to get help from specialized nurses and/or doctors (the webpage is created by SVPRO at UBC):

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO)

SVPRO is a confidential place for those who have experienced, or been impacted by, any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm, regardless of where or when it took place. All genders and sexualities are welcome.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO)
6363 Agronomy Road
Room 4071
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1T2

Business hours: Mon to Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Website: svpro.ubc.ca

Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre

Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre works to end all forms of violence against women. Guided by their feminist anti-oppression philosophy they challenge and change thinking, actions, and systems that contribute to violence against women. They provide all women who have experienced any form of sexualized violence with support and healing, and engage with youth to develop leadership for prevention of future violence.

24-Hour Crisis Line: 604-255-6344
National Toll-free: 1-877-392-7583
Office (Mon-Fri, 9-5): 604-255-6228
Salal Connect text at (604)-245-2425
Email: admin@salalsvsc.ca
Website: salalsvsc.ca

Note: Their physical location is confidential.

Mailing address
Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre
2405 Pine Street
P.O. Box 46851
Vancouver, BC
V6J 5M4, Canada