Project Lifesaver of Greater Victoria

(call 250-920-9573 or click the link above)

We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation takes pride in the success of Project Lifesaver.  A VHF radio frequency based wander location and recovery program for the cognitively impaired, such as seniors with Alzheimer Disease (AD) or related dementia and children or teens with Autism or Down's Syndrome.

The BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors (B.C. CEAS)
(call 1-866-437-1940 or click the link above)

This is a province-wide forum for individuals, seniors, community agencies and organizations, government and policy makers.

The mission of the B.C. Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors is to:

  • Promote and encourage development of local services and advocacy to support and assist seniors who have been abused.
  • Promote the development and dissemination of materials and programmes to educate the public in abuse of seniors.
  • Create a network for sharing information identifying issues and coordinating activities.
  • Promote research about abuse of seniors.
  • Promote the rights and interests of seniors who are being abused by advocating on their behalf with governments and other organizations.
  • Achieve representational membership.

Elderly Outreach Services (EOS)
(Please call 250-953-3966 or click the link above)

This organization provides assessment, treatment and follow-up services to seniors who are experiencing a late-onset presentation of mental illness and who are living in the community or in Long Term Care facilities. EOS offers consultation and education to families, caregivers, professionals and community agencies. Services are provided on an outreach basis.

Vista
(Please call 250-953-3966 or click the link above)

Vista provides services for seniors experiencing problems with the misuse of alcohol and/or prescription drugs. It also addresses elder abuse issues. Vista has professional counsellors that provide outreach and counselling in client's home, advocacy, follow-up and consultation and educational workshops.

If you have more questions about the abuse of seniors visit our Elder Abuse page.

British Columbia Crime Prevention Association

The Saanich Police Crime Prevention Office provides a multitude of seniors crime prevention education and awareness programmes. The Crime Prevention Officer is available to speak to any individual or to a group of seniors regarding any questions, guidance, or concerns about seniors personal safety, drivers’ awareness, or crime prevention. Please contact the Saanich Police Crime Prevention Office directly at:  250-475-4346

 

Wise Owls

The Heads Up BC programme is a community-based strategy that recognizes the difficulties of fraud investigations and early fraud detection. Prevention is the key for stopping financial crimes before they happen. Heads Up BC is an educationally based crime prevention campaign aimed at preventing fraud and fear of crime throughout the province. One of the components of the programme is coined the Wise Owls.

The Wise Owls component of the programme seeks to provide education to the elderly concerning various types of ‘senior specific’ frauds such as telemarketing fraud, home renovation scams, and ‘bank inspector’ frauds. Also see our Current Scams page for details on some of these scams.

The provincial delivery of the Wise Owls component includes trained BC Hydro Power Pioneers to educate seniors in their communities to make informed decisions regarding potentially fraudulent situations.


Saanich Volunteer Service Society (SVSS)

Thie SVSS is a non-profit agency that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The society provides coordinated volunteer assistance to persons living within the Municipality of Saanich to improve their quality of life.

The services help those seniors trying to remain in their homes, apartments or condominiums. Some are awaiting placement into care facilities, and all are trying to maintain their independence and quality of life. Some of the services the (SVSS) include: Friendly Visiting; Volunteer Driving; Reassuring Phone Calls; Companion Walking; Guarding Assistance; Minor Home Repairs; Dog Walking; and Income Form Completion.


Saanich Silver Threads

Saanich Silver Threads is a seniors recreation centre. They offer a variety of activities in different areas. These areas include: crafts, cards, and active programs.

The Outreach Programs are: “Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner”, an evening dinner programme for the frailer, elder seniors to give them a chance to get out and socialize; the “Enjoying My Community” programme which includes elderly ladies who come weekly to socialize and once a month do a ‘field trip’ into the community; and the “Memory P.L.U.S.” program for those seniors with beginning memory problems and their caregivers.

 

OTHER CONTACTS:

 

Alcohol/Drug Information & Referral Service - 1-800-663-1441

For information on alcohol and other drugs, the names and locations of local counseling services, and of self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, AlAnon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Narcotics Anonymous and others. 24 hour service 7 days a week.

 

BC Families in Transition (formally the Separation and Divorce Resource Centre) - 250-386-4331

Pre-separation consultation and individual counseling for people of all ages affected by divorce or separation. Groups for adults and children on issues related to family separation.

 

The Cridge Transition House for Women - 250-479-3963

Emergency shelter, information, support and counseling for abused women with or without their children. 24 hour crisis line.

 

Greater Victoria Police Victim Services - 250-995-7351

Greater Victoria area police departments and RCMP detachments provide support services to residents of Victoria, the Western Communities and Sidney, through the Greater Victoria Police Victim Services Program.

 

Intercultural Association - 250-388-4728

Services for immigrants including: settlement work, ESL classes, support groups, interpreters, etc.


Legal Services Society Family Law Website
(http://www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca/ )

Legal information publications on family law matters, self-help materials, a section on resolving family law problems, links. This website is dedicated to helping people understand and use the law to resolve their family law problems and assist in the understanding of the legal system.

 

Margaret Laurence House - 250-995-0058

Safe and supportive second stage housing for women with children who have left abusive relationships.


Men's Trauma Center - 250-381-0493

Individual support and counseling for male victims of abuse.


Native Friendship Centre - 250-384-3211

Services and programs such as education, employment, social, health and community outreach for urban aboriginal people.


Pacific Centre Family Services Association - Counseling programs for men who use violence - 250-478-8357 ext. 2230

Assessment and counseling for men who have abused their female partners and want to stop. Women's program for partners of men in the men's program.

Parents in Crisis - 250-384-8042; Crisis Line 250-386-6323

Support groups for parents of children aged 0-13

Parents Together - 250-474-6468

Problem solving and support groups for parents who are concerned about their teenager's behaviour.

Sooke Transition House - 250-642-2591

Emergency shelter. Information, support and counseling for abused women with or without their children. 24 hour pager.

Spousal Assault Victim Support Program, Victoria Women's Transition House Society - (Victoria) 250-356-1201; (Western Communities) 250-391-2864

Offers support and court preparation to victims of abuse in intimate relationships, information about the role of the criminal justice system and police involvement.


Stepping Stones for Families - Ready to Rent - 250-388-7171 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Program offers a 6 week course to assist people to successfully securing housing and reach their housing goals.


Stopping the Violence Program, Victoria Women's Transition House Society - (Victoria) 250-592-2927 ext. 202

Individual and group counseling for women who are currently experiencing abuse or who are survivors of abuse in an intimate relationship.


Vancouver Island Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888 http://www.cvics.ca 24 Hour Crisis Line Support and Resources Island Wide.


Victim Link (formerly Victoria Information Line): 1-800-563-0808

Trained resource people give advice and information about the services in your community to help victims of crime. Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

 

Victim Services - Phone - 1-604-660-5199, Fax - 1-604-660-5340 Website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victimservices Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Victoria Women's Transition House Society - 250-385-6611 (Crisis Line) www.transitionhouse.net

Emergency shelter, information, support and counseling for abused women with or without their children. 24 hour crisis line.

 

Women Using Violence Counseling Program - 250-889-4930

For women who use violence towards an intimate partner.

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