Stopping the Violence Counselling

Counselling for Women in the Downtown Eastside

The Stopping the Violence Program offers individual support and group support, as well as information and resources for women (transwomen inclusive) who have been impacted by abuse and/or violence. Services are provided free of charge from a strengths-based, feminist, anti-oppressive, and harm reduction perspective. 

This program is funded by the Ministry of Justice.

Individual Support

The Stopping the Violence program offers one-on-one counselling for women who have experienced violence and/or abuse in their lifetime.  It offers a safe space to address issues that arise from their experiences and strives to empower women to make decisions that feel right for them.  

Services include:
  • Crisis intervention and safety planning
  • A safe, confidential place to talk about your experiences 
  • A chance to discuss questions, confusion, fears or other feelings
  • A non-judgemental environment to explore options 
  • Information and support to help you make your own decisions
  • Space to discuss current coping strategies 
  • Referrals to other agencies or services as needed

Group Support

The Stopping the Violence Program strives to offer non-judgmental group support which reflects the needs of women in the Downtown Eastside community and Vancouver at large. Current support group(s) offered:

The 16 Steps to Discovery and Empowerment

The 16 Steps to Discovery and Empowerment is an approach developed by Dr. Charlotte Kasl to overcome addictions in a holistic way.  This model takes into account different facets of a person identity, and strives to address their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.  It encourages individuals to examine beliefs and behaviors from a place of self-love and acceptance.  For more information on the 16 steps, please visit

Weaving Our Voices

An Art Therapy Group for Women who have Experienced Sexual Abuse and Trauma (based on the group created by Sharlene Friedman & Sharon Mayne Devine)


Crisis Services:
Crisis Hotline for Greater Vancouver 604-872-3311
Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast 1-866-661-3311
TTY 1-866-872-0113
BC-wide 1-800-784-2433
Violence against Women:
VictimLink BC 24hr/7 days a week support:  1-800-563-0808 
TTY:  604-875-0885
Ending Violence BC –
Online Service for Adults –
Seniors’ Distress Line – 604-872-1234


Atira Women's Resource Society
101 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1K7
T: 604 331 1407 ext 106 
T: 604 331 1407 ext 107