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Vancouver Gender-Based Violence Support Services with an Indigenous Focus

Making the decision to leave an abusive situation can be hard, but figuring out how to leave can be even harder. If you’re thinking of leaving an abusive relationship or know someone who needs help, there are local Indigenous-focused programs that can help. Check out the list below for free or low-cost assistance with housing, …

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Shelter Spotlight: Nisa Homes

Nisa Homes opened its first transition house seven years ago with a mission to “create the opportunity of ‘home’ for domestic abuse violence survivors across Canada.” A project of the National Zakat Foundation, the organization provides shelter to women and their children fleeing violence. [Zakat, meaning “to cleanse,” is one of the five pillars of …

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Dixon Transition House

Community Partner Spotlight: Dixon Transition Society

The story of Burnaby’s Dixon Transition Society begins nearly five decades ago, in 1973, when three women – all healthcare professionals – started a counselling program for parents with children in foster care. Those early group sessions held evenings around a kitchen table led to the creation of The Life Line Society, which opened Burnaby’s …

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Partner Spotlight: YWCA Metro Vancouver

Moving to Safety: A Partnership between YWCA and Shelter Movers

Lisa Rupert, Vice President of Housing and Violence Prevention for the YWCA Metro Vancouver, remembers when she first heard about Shelter Movers. “It was back in 2018 that I got an email from the BC Society of Transition Houses, asking if I would meet with Brian Vidler (Shelter Movers Vancouver’s first chapter director). I was curious,” she …

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7 Reasons to Create Your Own Fundraiser Event

Find Happiness Helping Others Have you ever experienced that boost of positivity after making a difference in someone’s day? Academic studies show that charitable behaviour generates benefits for those who act altruistically. Yes, you can find happiness and well-being by helping others.  Now, imagine that you can share these benefits with your friends, family members, …

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Double Jeopardy: Violence Against Mothers Without Status

Motherhood is both the best job in the world and also one of the most intense, challenging and all-consuming. Parenting, financial planning, and dealing with external societal factors are all challenges that are often central to a mother’s lived experience. These challenges are typically compounded for women who have intersecting identities: marital status, socioeconomic status, …

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