Transition House Support Line:  250.748.8544


COVID Response

Cowichan Women Against Violence (CWAV) Society is providing safe shelter and support for women and their children fleeing physical violence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The provision of shelter at Somenos Transition House has been deemed an ESSENTIAL SERVICE, as has the provision of crisis support to clients at the community office. Our team is strong in its commitment to provide support services to the women and children who are in increased danger at this time. 


Somenos Transition House is continuing to provide 24/7 access to safe shelter and support for women and children fleeing violence. Staff are committed to keeping the doors open. We are prioritizing shelter for women experiencing or at risk of physical violence, while providing phone support for those experiencing non-physical abuse. One room has been converted so that a quarantine space can be managed. Protocols are in place to provide a 3-night respite stay for any woman in immanent danger of psychological or financial abuse. 

The Poverty Law Advocate is experiencing increased calls for support as the financial challenges of the pandemic worsen for women. Child support payments are interrupted, WCB cases are on hold, and landlord/tenant issues are compounding. Staff are preparing for at least a six-month impact on women and their families. Please call or email for help. There is a lot we can do, even through phone and email.


STV counselling, Victim Services, Child and Youth Counselling are all operating both through phone/video or face to face as needed with careful restrictions. Counsellors are witnessing increased anxiety and panic as women with post-traumatic stress navigate self-isolation. 

All pre-employment sessions with our Horizons program are through phone calls. Groups have been cancelled but creative solutions are being looked at. Please call our office for more details.

The Women’s Night Shelter staff team is going above and beyond with their commitment to sanitizing the shelter and providing kindness and care to homeless women. We are able to provide showers, take-out meals, and clothing and blankets.

CWAV leadership is fully engaged in community-wide COVID-19 pandemic mitigation. We are working with social service and homeless advocate services throughout the Cowichan Valley, actively supporting and guiding the initiatives currently underway to ensure ongoing housing, safety and support services for all vulnerable citizens in our community.

If you or any woman you know is in need of help, please reach us at:

Somenos Transition House: 250-748-8544

Office: 250-748-7000



CWAV's COVID-19 Response

CWAV is running all essential services. We ask that if you have any flu/cold symptoms that you consider rebooking, wearing a mask or doing a phone session. 

Somenos House is active with pandemic processes in place.   

Women's Night Shelter is still open with reduced capacity and pandemic processes in place. 

Our counselling programs (CBVS, STV, Child and Youth Counselling) are still taking appointments.  They ask that if you have any symptoms that you call to rebook or talk to your counsellor about a phone session. 

Poverty Law Advocate is taking phone calls and doing short face to face meetings as needed.   

HPP is taking phone calls and doing short face to face meetings as needed. 

Horizon's Pre-employment Program is taking phones calls and doing short face to face meetings as needed. 

Wishing everyone physical and mental well-being during this challenging time.  


Spring Into Song

Presented by the Teachers and Students of 

forte School of Music

Proceeds from this performance donated to

Cowichan Women Against Violence

For questions: 250.715.8200

Waitlist Down

Our waitlist for children to see a counsellor has dropped from 60 to 47. THANKS for all who generously donated financially so we can provide more counselling hours. Check out the middle page tab "How your donations are helping to heal lives" to see more good news stories.

Pet Friendly Room

For many of us, our pets are family members, and a source of comfort, love, and connection.

Violence against women affects all members of a family, including pets. It is a known fact that pets left behind are at increased risk after a woman leaves, and threats to harm pets are common tactics used to exert and maintain control by an abusive partner. For almost thirty years, local women leaving an abusive relationship with a pet and without family or friends to help out, have usually had to place their loved pet with anonymous volunteers who provide care in their own home. While this valuable service has been provided by wonderful volunteers with Cowichan Cat Rescue, many women will not seek safety for themselves unless their pet can remain with them.

Somenos Transition House, a program of Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, is excited that a new pet friendly bedroom will be available this spring, to provide safe shelter for women fleeing violence with their pets. To manage their presence in an environment with others who may have allergies or not like to be around animals, pets will have access to the bedroom with a private entrance, and separate outdoor kennel and exercise area.

Community support will be essential to their capacity to provide this much-needed expansion of service, and the organization is reaching out into the Cowichan community for help. Letters requesting support have been sent to local veterinarians and groomers, and donations gift certificates for pet food and donations of new or used supplies such as carriers, beds, leashes, collars, harnesses, and muzzles are needed. If you can help out, please email Tina Schoen, Somenos Transition House program manager at

Thank you Blue Knights Motorcycle Club - BC IV Chapter

Many thanks to the members of the Blue Knights BC IV for their generous donation of gift cards and toiletries. The Blue Knights is a Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club that has members in 29 countries, 650 Chapters and 19,500 members worldwide. It consists of men and women from all areas of Law Enforcement both active and retired who enjoy riding motorcycles. 

Pictured L-R: Kelsey & Andre DenToom, Debbie Berg, Executive Director of CWAV, John & Marie Helgason (Santas), and Susan & Norm Usher

Thank you to TOPS

Thank you! to the wonderful women at TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), Cobble Hill chapter, for the gift cards and toiletries. Pictured are Louise Randell and Sue Usher from TOPS, Debbie Berg, Executive Director of CWAV and of course Santa. The members of TOPS are happy to support women in this practical way and CWAV clients are very appreciative of this act of kindness.

Capitals Teddy Bear toss

A huge thank you to all who participated in the Teddy Bear Toss at the Cowichan Capitals game. And thanks to the three players who brought in these fantastic toys for the kids. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday!

Thank You Island Ford

Thank you everybody at Island Ford for your generous gift!

Thank you Kroffat Brake and Wheel!

Thank you to Kroffat Brake and Wheel for your generous donation through your Charity Partner Program!

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