BC/Vancouver Sexual Assault
Resources & Links
(Note: Rectangled Names of Organizations will link you to the website and everything that is underlined will link you to calling/emailing/website with more info. Due to COVID-19, some organizations and their services are not available and are therefore not listed here)
A feminist, anti-oppressive, decolonizing rape crisis centre operating on unceded Coast Salish Territories that provides support services to survivors of sexualized violence who have shared experiences of gender marginalization: cis and trans women, Two-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary people. It is BC's largest rape crisis centre.
*as of June 29th, WAVAW is once again offering Hospital Accompaniment services for survivors needing to access the Sexual Assault Service at VGH, and in-person victim services and one-to-one counselling. Please contact your victim services worker or counsellor to discuss appointment options.
• Call the 24/7 Crisis, Support and Info line: 604-255-6344
or Toll-Free: 1-877-392-7583
• Hospital Accompaniment: Vancouver General Hospital (Call any of the above #'s and select Hospital Accompaniment - available 24/7)
- WAVAW offers support and advocacy for survivors while they are receiving medical attention from the Sexual Assault Service at Vancouver General Hospital
- WAVAW support staff can provide information about sexual assault, legal options, and referrals in order to support survivors through making important health decisions after an assault
(No ID or medical insurance is required to access the Sexual Assault Service. Police will not be notified unless survivors specifically request to make a report.)
VictimLink BC is a toll-free 24/7 information and support line that provides information and referrals to all victims of crime, and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including sexual assault, violence in relationships, elder abuse, and adult survivors of physical or sexual abuse across BC and the Yukon. VictimLink BC provides service in 110 languages, including 17 North American Aboriginal languages.
(Note: The email below and the email on the website are different. I contacted VictimLink BC and the email in bold below was the one given to me)
VictimLink BC can provide information for services such as:
• Transition and Safe Homes: temporary shelter for women and their children who are fleeing abuse.
• Second-stage Houses: longer-term housing following a stay in a transition or safe home.
• Outreach Services: provides supportive counselling, information and referrals, and accompaniment and transportation to other necessary services.
• Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling: helps children who have witnessed abuse heal from the trauma and learn about healthy relationships.
• Stopping the Violence Counselling: helps women who have experienced assault or abuse deal with the trauma of the experience.
A feminist voice against violence and oppression, BWSS is a strong, dynamic organization that provides support and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse, as well as community education and training about violence against women. They also provide services to Indigenous Women as well as services for LGBTQ2S and non-binary survivors of violence, and have created free workshops/support groups for Black Women and Latin American Women. BWSS legal services and advocacy work spans family, immigration, refugee, and criminal law as well as the Indian Act.
The British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA) is a non-profit society established to provide therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.