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					Violence Against Women, Mental Wellness and
Substance Use

                                   Shabna Ali, Executive Director

                             Rebecca Haskell, Project Coordinator
Transitional Housing

Mental Wellness

Substance Use

Violence Against Women (VAW)
Transition House
 Short to moderate term [30 days] first stage emergency housing.

Second Stage House
 Long term (3 – 12 months) secure housing with support designed to
 assist women while they look for permanent housing.

Third Stage House
 Supportive housing for women who have left violent relationship
 and who no longer need crisis support services.

Safe Home
 Short term [less than 5 days] emergency housing in private home or
 rental units.
To develop a more coordinated approach to services in
Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses and Safe
Homes for women fleeing violence and who have
varying levels of mental wellness and substance use in
BC and the Yukon.

To encourage our Members to collaborate with each
other and other sectors to develop inclusive policies,
procedures and practices that best serve women who
are fleeing violence.
A Promising Practices Guide that outlines concrete and
practical actions agencies can use to ensure their policies,
procedures and practices are inclusive of women fleeing
violence who also have varying levels of mental wellness
and substance use.

A four-day curriculum based on the Promising Practices
guide for front line workers in Transition, Second and
Third Stage Houses and Safe Homes.
 Working Group

 Research

 Consultations with Service Recipients

 Piloting
Aurora Centre, Vancouver         Prince George
Atira Women‟s Resource Society   South Island Dispute Resolution
Bella Coola
                                 South Peace Community
BC Housing                       Resources Society
Burnaby Mental Health and        Surrey
                                 Tri City Women's Resource Society
Dawson City, YT
Mental Health & Addictions
                                 Vanderhoof Alcohol & Drug
Services Thompson Cariboo        Services
Phoenix Transition House         Victoria Women's Transition House
Society                          Society
 Discussion Paper

 Current Policies, Procedures and Practices Survey

   Arbor Educational & Clinical Consulting

 Focus Groups with Service Recipients

   Woman Abuse Response Program (WARP)
Discussion Paper

Focus Groups w
Service Recipients   Draft
Survey w Service
Recipients                                      Promising Practices
Current Practices
Survey                                      Revisions
       Agency Name                Location       TH   2nd   3rd   SH
 Campbell River and North
                                Campbell River   x
  Island Transition Society
   Canadian Mental Health
                                  Cranbrook            x
Association for the Kootenays
 Golden Women's Resource
                                   Golden                         x
Fireweed Collective Society     Fort St. James   x
  Ishtar Transition Housing
                                   Langley       x
 Prince George and District
                                Prince George    x
    Elizabeth Fry Society
                Service       Service    Funders &
 Researchers    Providers     Recipients Policy

                 PROMISING PRACTICES

                                         Funders &
Researchers Service         Service      Policy
            Providers       Recipients   Makers
  “It is helpful for service providers to recognize that people can
  experience varying levels of severity of substance use and
  substance use problems, and that one‟s substance use, even if it is
  situationally intense, does not necessarily mean that it will lead to
  behaviour or substance use that is „out of control‟”.
  Coalescing on Women and Substance Use, n.d.

Shabna Ali                            Rebecca Haskell
Executive director                    Project Coordinator         
                                      604-669-6943 x. 221