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Community Support Agencies

Sudden Death

 

Victoria Hospice provides care and support for individuals and their families facing advanced illness, death and bereavement. The team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, spiritual caregivers and volunteers provides expert physical, social, emotional and spiritual care. For more information, call 250.370.8715 or visit their website at www.victoriahospice.org

 

Funeral Association of British Columbia is a provincial organization of funeral directors whose purpose is to assist the funeral profession with attaining the highest possible standards of ethics, service and proficiency. For more information or referral, call their province-wide toll-free number at 1.800.665.3899 or visit their website at http://www.bcfunerals.com/

 

BC Bereavement Helpline provides information and resources to those in need. Their website has an extensive amount of information dealing with many aspects of grief. Call their toll-free number at 1.877.779.2223 or visit their website at www.bcbereavementhelpline.com

 

 

Relationship Violence

 

Victoria Women’s Transition House is a non-profit society that responds to abuse of women in relationships by providing shelter, support and counseling for women with or without their children. The society also does community programming to increase awareness of family violence issues. Call the 24-hour crisis line at 250.385.6611 or the office at 250.592.2927 or visit their website at www.transitionhouse.net

 

Spousal Assault Victim Support Program is a service available to victims of assault, threats or criminal harassment by an intimate partner or ex-partner. Clients are given support as they proceed through the criminal justice system and referrals to community agencies and are provided with short-term counselling. For assistance, please phone 250.356.1201 in Victoria and 250.391.2864 in the Western Communities.

 

Family Violence Project is offered through Pacific Centre Family Services Association. This program is designed for men who have been abusive and women who have been abused in relationships. For more information, call 250.478.8357 or toll-free at 1.866.478.8357 or visit their website at www.pacificentrefamilyservices.org

 

Domestic Violence Helpline is part of a web portal of resources for victims of domestic violence intended to help them get the support they need. For information, call 1.800.563.0808 or visit their website at www.domesticviolencebc.ca

 

 

Victims of Crime

 

VictimLink BC is a province-wide telephone help line for victims of family and sexual violence as well as all other crimes. Certified specialists provide information and referrals to all victims of crime and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including sexual assault, violence in relationships, elder abuse and adult survivors of physical or sexual abuse. Services are provided in more than 110 languages, including 17 North American Aboriginal languages. Call 1.800.563.0808, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit their website at www.victimlinkbc.ca

 

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre offers a number of programs, all focused on supporting, empowering and advocating for women who are survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Centre staff and volunteers act as a liaison between individuals affected by sexual violence, the justice and medical systems and community services. To contact the centre, please call their crisis and info line at 250.383.3232 or visit their website at www.vsac.ca

 

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre is the primary provider of therapy and victim services for children and youth in Greater Victoria who have experienced sexual abuse. Staff work with families, schools, police and professionals in family services, child protection and community-living services to ensure a coordinated, holistic approach to supporting children and families. For more information, call 250.385.6111 or visit their website at www.marymanningcentre.com

 

Men’s Trauma Centre provides psychological and practical support to males 16 years of age and older who suffer from the effects of physical, emotional or sexual trauma in order to facilitate their emotional healing. The centre also provides support for clients’ significant others. Contact the centre at 250.381.6367 or visit their website at www.menstrauma.com

 

 

Other

 

Justice Education Society is a website dedicated to making our justice system accessible to everyone. They provide extensive information on a variety of issues, including representing yourself in court. Visit their website at www.justiceeducation.ca

 

Vancouver Island Crisis Line provides emotional support, crisis intervention services and community resource information. They are a telephone-only support and information service that is staffed by volunteers who are professionally trained to offer emotional support. The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1.888.494.3888 or visit their website at www.vicrisis.ca

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