Below is a listing of Lower Mainland first stage emergency residential shelters. These transition houses provide up to 30 days of temporary, safe and supported shelter to women and their children experiencing domestic violence.
In the event all transition houses are full at the time of your call, for interim emergency residential options contact the Ministry of Housing & Social Development "After-Hours Emergency Line" at 604-660-3194. If phoning from outside of the Lower Mainland call 1-800-663-9122.
When you have finished your stay at a transition house, and are still in need of protection or requiring help for long term plans for independent living, you can apply for a second-stage residence. Second-stage shelters may provide accommodation for a period of months. Women in either first or second stage are given priority for affordable housing options where it is available.
Run by the Canadian Bar Association's BC branch: offers connections to lawyers who practice in specific areas of law, as well as pre-recorded discussions about common legal problems. Visit www.cba.org/BC/home/main.
A website aimed at enhancing access to justice in BC. The link "Solve Problems" provides legal information and can help people find law-related services in communities across BC. Visit www.clicklaw.bc.ca.
Legal Services Society
Provides legal aid in BC for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Visit www.lss.bc.ca.
Pro Bono Law of British Columbia
Provides you with resources and links to help you find free legal advice and assistance. Visit www.probononet.bc.ca.
Salvation Army Pro Bono Program
For persons with low or median income. In accessing their financial criteria, you will be asked by the Pro Bono staff to supply your net household income. Visit www.probono.ca.
Simon Fraser University: a non-profit parenting organization providing information, support and referrals. Also offers help for parents and children through a divorce or separation. Visit www.informationchildren.com.
The above list of referral agencies is intended solely for your convenience. No implied warranty is made concerning the quality of services offered by them and you should therefore make your own determination for the suitability of any such agency and the services offered by them.