Transition House Support Line:  250.748.8544


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!

Mystery Donor!

Thank you to the mystery donor who dropped off $500 for the Women's Night Shelter! This will go to warm clothing and food for women during the winter months. 

Great news! Second Stage Housing

We are excited to be working with BC Housing on a second stage housing apartment for women wanting to change their connection to trauma and violence. BC Housing will be providing the building and the operational financial supports. As operators we will be providing supportive housing to women and women with children to rebuild their lives after leaving past trauma and/or violence.  This will provide much needed space for women who are currently accessing our Transition House and our Night Shelter.

Local Business Supporters

We are please to have a number of businesses that support our work. Check out the link above "Ways to Help through Local Business".  Our newest supporter that provides vehicle repair, Kroffat Bake and Wheel, has started a charity program.  When you receive services from them let them know that you want to support CWAV (Cowichan Women Against Violence) and they will donate 2% of your invoice to us!   

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