Women

Support and resources for women and girls

 

Resources

Atira Women's Society

Programs which include housing, and legal support for women and children affected by violence

Avalon Women's Centre

Provides free, life-changing services to women in recovery from addiction. Services include: meetings, workshops, childminding, clothing closets, counselling, resources and drop-in support.

Battered Women's Support Services

Programs and housing for women and children affected by violence

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Programs which connect girls and young women to mentors

 

City of Vancouver: Women's Programs, Services, and Issues

City of Vancouver initiatives for women 

Crabtree Corner

Houses many women's services under one roof, from transitional housing for expecting and new mothers in recovery to child care, parenting programs, a community kitchen, and programs for self-identified women who have experienced abuse. 

 

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Advocacy

Advocacy services are delivered to women who require assistance with legal or governmental bodies. Areas of advocacy include issues related to child and family issues, tenancy, benefits, and more.

Ending Violence Association of BC

Provides referrals, support, and information is provided to help connect victims and programs with the appropriate service

 

Helping Spirit Lodge Transition House

Provides housing and services to women and children fleeing violence

Minerva

A Vancouver charity dedicated to advancing the leadership of women and girls

 

Mothers Matter Centre

Equips mothers facing multiple barriers to become engaged citizens, confident parents, and prepare their children for success in school

Multicultural Victim and Women’s Support

Mosaic BC offers free support services for newcomers who have been victims of crime, and women who have experienced or are at risk of violence

PACE

Provides confidential, non-judgmental services for sex workers, including occupational health and safety education, support, advocacy, outreach, and drop-in services

Pacific Association of First Nations Women

Work toward a matriarchal community where all Indigenous women in BC are safe and respected with a sense of belonging and connection to cultural traditions

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Support newcomer women in breaking through language barriers, accessing information, meeting material needs, and overcoming social isolation

RISE Women's Legal Centre

Provides free legal services to low-income women dealing with family law issues such as divorce, custody, protection orders, child support, and spousal support

Salvation Army Kate Booth House 

Kate Booth House is a safe and confidential shelter providing a supportive environment for women and children escaping violence

SHARP Workplaces 

The SHARP Workplaces legal clinic provides up to five hours of free confidential legal advice to help women deal with workplace sexual harassment

Sheway Pregnancy Outreach Program

Provides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants, who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences.

 

Shoebox Project

Provides gifts and letters of support for women in need

 

Sisters Active Together in Recovery (STAR)

A variety of out-patient treatment options, free of charge, for women having problems related to the use of drugs or alcohol. Inclusive of all self-identified women. 

Transition Houses

A list of housing for women and children fleeing abusive relationships or at the risk of experiencing violence

 

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter

Services are available to all women who have experienced male violence including wife battering, incest, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and prostitution

Vancouver Women's Health Collective

Helps self-identified women foster health, wellness and equity through feminist approaches to advocacy, shared knowledge and low-barrier programs and services.

 

Victim Services Resources

Provides contact information for service providers across British Columbia that assist victims of crime and women and children impacted by violence

 

WeBC

Provides a range of business support services and funding options to help women develop, lead, or sell a small business. Includes special options of Indigenous and immigrant women.

West Coast LEAF

Advances gender equality through equality rights cases at all levels of court, legal reform, and education

WISH Drop-In Centre

A safe place for street-based sex workers to rest, have a hot meal, shower and connect with community. Harm reduction and long-term services offered as well.

 

Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre

Provides support services to survivors of sexualized violence who have shared experiences of gender marginalization: cis and trans women, Two-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary people. 

 

YWCA Metro Vancouver

Advocacy, legal support, and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get help with a family-related legal matter?

  • Family legal services are provided by justice access centres, parents legal centres, and RISE Women's Legal Centre

 

How do I find childcare?

  • View childcare providers nearby here and here

  • Plan ahead and apply as soon as you can and place your child's name on waitlists if no spots are free. Look into funding options for childcare. Apply widely, but don't sacrifice quality.

 

  • Here are 10 things to look for when choosing a childcare provider