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What is Somenos Transition House?

woman_head_in_hands.jpgSomenos means "resting place" in the Hulquminum language.  We welcome women with and without children (including trans individuals who self-identify as women) from all walks of life, who are at risk of violence or abuse from their male or female partner, or from a family member or other individual.

Somenos Transition House is a comfortable and supportive place where women and their children can stay for a while when needing safety from abuse.  Counsellors provide support, safety planning and information about resources at CWAV Society and community.  We can help you explore your options and support you to make the decisions that are right for you.  We do not pressure women to leave a relationship, or judge or pressure women to return to a relationship.

Somenos House is a program of CWAV Society. We are independent from the police and the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD), although both the RCMP and MCFD do refer women to Somenos House.

Confidentiality is essential for the safety of the house and its residents. Those who stay with us are expected to maintain confidentiality of the location and anyone else who stays on site.  The house is a comfortable family-style home, and is staffed 24/7 to provide a safe haven from violence in a confidential and secure loaction in the Cowichan Valley. 

All services at Somenos House are provided free of charge, including accommodation, food, emotional support, safety planning, information, and referrals.  Co-operative living, substance use and security guidelines are in place, to support the well-being of all residents and staff.  These will be discussed prior to service being provided in order to ensure that this is the right resource for you.

Interested in finding out more?  Contact Somenos House at 250-748-8544 any time of day or night. When you call we will talk with you about your situation and about the services at the house, to determine if Somenos House is the right resource for you.  Sometimes we will talk with you first on the phone, and arrange a time to meet with you somewhere safe in the community.  If we cannot accommodate you, we will work with you to identify another option.  If you are unsure about what you want to do, and just want to talk about what is happening for you in your relationship, we welcome your call.

 

Somenos House is funded by BC Housing Corporation and by community support.

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