250.542.1122 Transition House. Help is available 24/7 (Including Holidays)

Stopping the
Violence Women’s
Counselling

For women leaving or living with abuse

250-558-3850 x222

Vernon

250-540-0127

Armstrong/Enderby

Our counsellors provide free and confidential counselling services, in a safe environment, to women who have or are experiencing violence or abuse.

We provide support and information while focusing on your needs and safety.

What is Abuse?

Physical abuse includes:

  • Pushing, shaking, shoving
  • Hitting, kicking
  • Choking, restraining
  • Deprivation of food, sleep
  • Forced/unwanted sex
  • Stalking, harassment
  • Throwing objects
  • Using weapons
  • Threats to harm you, your children, family, pets or possessions

Other forms of abuse:

  • Name calling
  • Jealousy
  • Controlling money
  • Keeping you from work
  • Manipulation
  • Mind games
  • Isolating you from friends, family or support services

You are not responsible for your partner’s violence.

We can help you take steps towards safety. Call us to speak with someone about your situation.

    Women’s Outreach Program

    For women leaving or living with abuse

     

    778-212-3259

    To speak with someone about your situation

    Our outreach worker provides free and confidential mobile support services to women who or are experiencing violence or abuse.

    We provide support and information while focusing on your needs and safety. 

    Services are provided throughout the North Okanagan.

    What is Abuse?

    Physical abuse includes

    • Pushing, shaking, shoving
    • Hitting, kicking
    • Choking, restraining
    • Deprivation of food, sleep
    • Forced/unwanted sex or touching
    • Stalking, harassment
    • Throwing objects
    • Using weapons
    • Threats to harm you, your children, family, pets or possessions


    Other forms of abuse

    • Name calling
    • Jealousy
    • Controlling money
    • Keeping you from work or school
    • Manipulation
    • Mind games
    • Isolating you from friends, family or support services

    You are not responsible for your partner’s violence.

    We can help you take steps towards by providing individual support, to family court or, help with forms, safety planning, help to find housing or apply income assistance and provide referrals to other services.

    PEACE Child and Youth Counselling

    For children who have experienced family conflict

    Vernon

    250-558-3850 ext. 202

    For more information

    Armstrong

    250-546-6744

    For more information

    Our counsellors provide free counselling services, in a safe environment, to children and youth who have experienced violence or abuse in their home.

    We provide an opportunity for children to share their feelings, learn coping strategies and on healthy relationships.

    Parents are provided programming to support their parenting.

    How does family conflict affect children?

    Impacts can include:

    • Fear
    • Anxiety
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Aggression
    • Depression
    • Problems with peers and at school 

    Children and youth living in homes where violence occurs are impacted by their environment. This is a program specifically designed to meet their needs and assist in their ongoing development.

    This program serves children and youth ages 5 to 18 years. 

    Support to Young Parents

    For pregnancy and parenting support for young mothers and their children

     

    250-549-2887

    For more information contact

    The Support to Young Parents Program provides support to pregnant and parenting teens and young women (ages 15—24) in a residential setting.

    Services include:

    • An apartment with affordable rent
    • Parenting support, information, and referrals
    • Life skills and Personal growth groups
    • Peer relationship development
    • Supportive counselling

    Referral Process

    1. Phone Program staff at 250-549-2887
    2. Tour the program (bring a support person if you wish)
    3. If you are interested, a meeting will be held with the staff, your social worker (if you have one) and you.
    4. You may be placed on a wait list
    5. You will arrange with Income Assistance for rental support if no other income

    Assessment is provided at Transition House prior to acceptance

    Homelessness Prevention Program

    250-558-0171

    For a confidential intake

    Homelessness Prevention Program assists women who have experienced violence and are homeless or at risk of homelessness to find and/or maintain housing. This includes women leaving corrections and hospital systems.

     

    Support includes

    • Directly engaging to assess individual and family’s housing needs
    • Connecting to affordable housing
    • Referring to appropriate resources
    • Providing rental supplements if eligible
    • Providing ongoing support and follow up

    Community Based Victim Services

     

    For victims of sexual or domestic violence

    250-542-3322

    To speak to someone about your situation

    Suite 210, Vernon Courthouse
    Monday – Friday
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    Community based victim services provides free and confidential services women and men who have experienced violence in an intimate relationship, sexual assault, elder abuse or criminal harassment/stalking.

    We provide specialized support for working with the criminal justice system.

    Services Provided

    • Help understanding the court process
    • Court orientation and preparation
    • Accompaniment to court and updates on proceedings
    • Support to apply for Crime Victim Assistance funding
    • Support to write a victim impact statement
    • Safety Planning
    • Emotional support
    • Anonymous reporting of sexual assault
    • Services are provided throughout the North Okanagan

     

      Oak Centre – Child and Youth Advocacy

      778-475-2920

      By Appointment Only
      oakcentrevernon.ca

      Oak Centre is a warm and welcoming place where children and youth who have experienced abuse, sexual assault, or witnessed a crime such as domestic violence can be interviewed by the RCMP and child protection workers. The aim of Oak Centre is to minimize the trauma a child feels when disclosing abuse, assault, or speaking about what they may have witnessed. Our Child and Youth Advocate, located at Oak Centre, supports both the child and the caregivers throughout the process, ensuring they receive the supportive services they require along their journey to long-term healing.

      Equine Therapy

      250-309-0351

      Contact Wendy for more information 

      Equine-assisted therapy is an experiential therapeutic form where horses participate as co-counsellors. The model applied at The Equine Connection uses a combination of the concepts of natural horsemanship, play therapy, story-telling, and problem-solving exercises.

        Sexual Assault Services

        250-542-3322

        Community Based Victim Services

        250-558-1200 ext. 1267

        Vernon Jubilee Hospital
        Social Worker  

        A confidential hospital and community based emergency service which provides sensitive and supportive care for anyone, 13 and over, who has been sexually assaulted.  All children under 13 will be assessed and referred appropriately.

        Archway Society for Domestic Peace

        The Community Programs & Administration Office. 

        250-558-3850 

        250-558-3856 (fax)

        2400 46th Avenue 
        Vernon, BC  V1T 9N5 

        Transition
        House

        HELP IS AVAILABLE 24/7 INCLUDING HOLIDAYS

        250-542-1122