Stopping the Violence Counselling for Women

Counselling Support for Victims of Violence

We provide free and confidential support for women experiencing or at risk of abuse or violence. This program includes group or one-to-one counselling support, resources, and referrals.

The Stopping the Violence counsellor provides a safe space for women to talk, get support, and feel safe. Support is available in English, French, Farsi, Vietnamese and Spanish.

In immediate danger?

  • Call 911
  • Call VictimLink at 1-800-563-0808 (translation available in 130 languages).

Call a transition house or safe home near you.

Eligibility

The Stopping the Violence Counselling is for:

  • Self-identified women

  • Over the age of 19

  • Living in Metro Vancouver Area

Program Description

Do you feel worried, unsafe, or insecure? We are here to help women experiencing or at risk of abuse or violence in an intimate relationship. We also help those who have experienced sexual assault or childhood abuse in the past to feel safe, heard, and more confident.

Our Stopping the Violence Program includes one-to-one and group support based on client-centred, strengths-based, trauma-informed, non-judgmental approaches. We will work with you to empower you and support you in your healing journey.

Your Counsellor will:

  • Listen to your story
  • Help you recognize and understand your emotions
  • Empower you to explore available options and create safety plans
  • help you make goals, develop plans and make informed decisions
  • Seek referrals, information and advocacy for other support programs or services

We also have Women’s support group sessions. In these safe spaces, you can share your story and learn safety and healthy coping skills as a group.

Our Counsellors are trained in working within multicultural communities.

Available at these locations

FAQ

Do you have any requirements for immigration status?

No, women (aged 19+ years) living in the Metro Vancouver Area can access our services with any immigration status – PR, citizen, international student, work permit holder, refugee claimant, etc. 

Do I need to be a recent survivor of domestic violence to access the counselling services?

Not necessarily. We are here to help women experiencing or at risk of abuse or violence in an intimate relationship. We also help those who have experienced sexual assault or childhood abuse in the past to feel safe, heard, supported and thrive in their lives. 

How long is the waitlist and what languages can counselling be provided in?

The current wait time is approximately 2 months. Counselling is now available in English, French and Spanish through in-person/virtual and phone sessions.

(*Wait time and language capacities might change over time. Kindly contact stvc@mosaicbc.org for the latest information.)

Is physical abuse/violence the only form of violence?

No. There are many forms of violence, including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, spiritual and financial abuse.

Testimonials

Everything the counsellor has done has been the most help I have ever had from anyone. She believes me and makes me feel safe. She has been understanding, supportive and amazing and I don’t know how I would be able to move away from my abuser without her help and support.

Partners

This program is supported by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Upcoming Events

Related Resources

Violence Counselling for Women Brochure

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