Off-Campus Resources and Referrals (do you have anything to add? Please contact us and let us know!)

Often, there can be barriers for people accessing services, such as whether or not an organization provides services for trans-people or whether or not the organization is aware of the reality that someone is living with or able to address the forms of violence they are experiencing. We strive to improve our knowledge of community resources so as to better support finding appropriate and useful information and referrals for people seeking support. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about receiving support.

For a comprehensive list of housing, food, legal, income assistance, and other resources in Victoria, Vancouver and all of BC, please see this compilation of resources by the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition

Also, the Positive Space Network has collected a number of community advocacy and resource groups here

Aids Vancouver Island (AVI) “Serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma”
(250) 384-2366
3rd Floor- Access Health Centre – 713 Johnson St.

Antidote: Multiracial & Indigenous Girls & Women’s Network “We work with youth, multiracial families, schools, community groups, service providers, policy makers and researchers to promote the visibility and needs of racialized minority and Indigenous girls and women”

BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society ‘s mandate is “To Promote the Betterment of Aboriginal People with Disabilities.”
(250) 381-7303 or (888) 381-7303
1179 Kosapsum Cres.

Beacon Community Services offers family and adult counselling in the Saanich Peninsula as well as a volunteer counsellor training program. Some referrals and/or fees (sliding scale) required for counselling.
9860 Third Street, Sydney

Bridges for Women Society Community agency that delivers employment training and supportive programs to women impacted by violence or abuse
250-385-7410 or
1809 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC, V8T 4K8

Citizens’ Counselling Centre offers “affordable, accessible counselling to adult residents of Greater Victoria. All counselling is offered by volunteer counsellors trained and supervised by the Centre. We have a sliding fee scale based on family income. We offer individual counselling, couples counselling, and group counselling. Our groups run 3 times each year (Fall, Winter and Spring) and include self esteem groups, anger management groups, and groups with a focus on stress, anxiety and depression.”
(250) 384-9934 or
941 Kings Road

Cridge Transition House for Women “A safe place for women with or without children who are escaping violent or abusive relationships”
(250) 479-3963
3575 Douglas St.

Community Living Victoria provides a range of support services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
(250) 477-7231
3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road

Community Response Network CRN Victoria “A CRN is a diverse group of concerned community members who come together to create a coordinated community response to adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect.”

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers youth, adult, couples and family programs and services including counselling by trained volunteers. Counselling is free.
(250) 360-0644
511 Constance Avenue

InterCultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) “We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants reach their goals.” Provides services for youth, adults, families and seniors.
930 Balmoral Road

Island Metis Family and Community Services Society ‘s mandate is to “research, develop, deliver and evaluate human service programs for the approximately 8,000 Metis people who live on Vancouver Island.”
Ground floor of the Westshore Child, Youth and Family Center, 345 Wale Road

Island Sexual Health Society “We offer sexual health clinics and sex education programs for all genders, orientations, identities, and ages in Greater Victoria”
(250) 592-3479
4 locations: #200-1770 Fort Street (near Richmond), Camosun Location: Lansdowne Campus, Top Floor, Richmond House (across from Richmond Road bus shelter), 2170 Mt Newton X Rd, and #108 – 284 Helmcken Rd (corner of Helmcken and Old Island Highway)

The Law Centre (UVic Faculty of Law) Provides advice, assistance and representation to clients who cannot afford a lawyer
(250) 385-1221 or
1221 Broad Street

Legal Services Society (Victoria Branch) Legal aid includes representation by a lawyer, legal advice, and legal information. We give priority to people with low incomes, but many of our services are available to all British Columbians
(250) 388-4516
218 – 852 Fort Street

Mary Manning Centre
Provides therapy and victim services for children and youth in Greater Victoria who have experienced abuse
(250) 385-6111 or #210-1175 Cook St.

Men’s Trauma Centre
Crime victim support (police, legal and court) and counseling services for men with regards to physical, sexual, emotional abuse; trauma from violence, war, accidents etc. Serving self-identified men and people of all genders.
1-866-793-6367 or
102-1022 Pandora Ave

Metis Nation of Greater Victoria has monthly potlucks, youth groups, volunteer opportunities, resources and cultural and community programming.
250-380-6070 or
231 Regina Avenue.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association is “dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people we work with through education, counselling and creative programming. Locations in Colwood, Langford and Sooke and programming includes: Community Outreach Prevention and Education (Support for Youth 5-18) , Youthtalk (email counselling for youth), Family Violence Project (group and individual counselling), Youth Services (Parent/Teen Counselling and Mediation), Stopping the Violence (Counselling for Women Dealing with Abuse).”
(250) 478-8357 or
345 Wale Rd. Or 2145 Townsend Rd. S.

PEERS Victoria Resource Society “We provide support, resources and programs specifically for past and current sex workers, male or female”
(250) 388-5325 or
1-744 Fairview Dr.

Sandy Merriman House (Victoria Cool Aid Society) The program provides 25 shelter beds for women, meals, basic needs, crisis intervention, counseling, referrals, medication and general support. It is open throughout the day for drop- in services and for shelter stays of up to 30 days.
(250) 480-1408 (shelter line)
102-749 Pandora Avenue (Victoria Cool Aid Office)

Seniors Serving Seniors “A volunteer organization formed to promote the quality of life and well-being of seniors in the Greater Victoria Community.”
Suite 109, 1022 Pandora Avenue

Sex Positive Art and Resource Centre “A Sex Positive Space in Victoria for art, culture, play, personal development and revolution”
426 Montreal Street

Silver Threads Service “A non-profit organization and longstanding advocate of Victoria’s community of seniors.” 1728 Douglas Street

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is the “only organization in Victoria providing free, face-to-face legal advocacy for people with income assistance, disability benefits and tenancy issues.”
250-361-3521 or #302 – 895 Fort St.

Trans Vancouver Island A “resource and information site for transgender people and their allies on Vancouver Island”. Features a comprehensive list of Vancouver Island resources

USTAT (Urgent Short Term Assessment and Treatment) “provides short-term individual psychotherapy for patients in crisis, ar risk or in severe distress. Access to USTAT requires a referral from your family physician . Referrals must be made through Mental Health and Addictions intake and can be faxed to 250.381.3444.”
1119 Pembroke St.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line Providing 24 hours crisis support line, island wide

Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition (VIHRC) “We strive to offer an anti-oppressive service for people who are facing discrimination. We also assist individuals in filing human rights complaints under the BC Human Rights Code.”
250-382-3012 or #418 – 620 View St.

Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture (VCST) Building community support for survivors of torture and trauma.
2901 Queenston St.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre We work closely with people who have a disability and with other community organizations to find and remove barriers that prevent full participation in life
250-595-0044 or
817 A Fort Street

Victoria Native Friendship Centre ‘s mandate is “To encourage and promote the well-being of Urban Aboriginal People, by strengthening individuals, family, and community.” Numerous programs for Aboriginal adults, youth and families, including counselling, family support services, children and youth programming, acupuncture and outreach. Aboriginal counsellors available upon request.
(250) 384-3211 or
231 Regina Ave.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Center Society is a non-profit society that provides a wide range of services to its target group.
(250) 361-9433 or
637 Bay St., 3rd Floor

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre “is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.” Counseling services available as well as emergency Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Project Respect is the prevention program for youth ages 14-19.
Access the 24-hour Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) via the Vancouver Island Crisis Line, 1-800-784-2433; for VSAC counselling, support groups, or Victim Services call the VSAC service line at 250-383-3232 or email . Note that as of April 2018 the VSAC crisis line has been discontinued and calls to the VSAC service line may take a few days for staff response.
#201-3060 Cedar Hill Rd.

Victoria Women’s Transition House “Provides a safe, welcoming shelter, respectful counselling, support and advocacy”. For self-identified women
24-hour crisis line: (250) 385-6611 Community Office: (250) 592-2927
Community Office: #100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd. Safe house location is private and confidential

Victoria Youth Clinic
Confidential, free health care service for youth ages 12-24. Provides free lab tests, oral contraceptives for youth in need and medical referrals.
(250) 383-3552 or
533 Yates Street (Downtown location) and 547 Michigan Street (James Bay Clinic)

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society [YES] “offers services for youth and their
family caregivers throughout the Capital Region, including emergency shelter and liaison worker for sexually exploited youth.”
(250) 383-3514 or
533 Yates St.

Offers counselling for seniors who are experiencing abuse (through VIHA – Vancouver Island Health Authority).
2828 Nanaimo Street

YouthCore “Greater Victoria’s online youth portal” helps young people in the Greater Victoria area to connect, learn and enjoy our communities in safe and positive ways.