Other Resources

Other Resources

The following organizations listed by resource type may be useful to you in accessing legal services, referrals, legal information and other, related support services in British Columbia beyond Rise Women’s Legal Centre.

Legal Services and Resources

 

Access Pro Bono: Access Pro Bono offers several programs serving BC individuals of limited means. These range from pro bono (free) legal advice clinics to full representation services.

Advocacy Access Program: The Advocacy Access Program at Disability Alliance BC (formerly the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) provides people with disabilities access to support, information and advocacy.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support: The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support provides services to older adults on a range of legal issues. Their site provides information about finding safe shelter.

BC Pro Bono Collaborative Roster Society: The BC Pro Bono Collaborative Roster Society runs the Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce Project. This is a voluntary, confidential program for parties going through separation and/or divorce. Parties must meet certain income and asset tests and be willing resolve their relationship breakdown using principles of collaborative practice.

Chimo Community Services: Chimo provides crisis, transition, and education services. These include counselling, safe shelter, crisis line and advocate support services on a variety of administrative and poverty law related issues. Chimo also runs a neighbourhood pro bono law clinic covering family law and civil matters.

ClickLaw: ClickLaw provides public legal information for residents of British Columbia on a range of legal issues. The site provides an online directory of legal and community service organizations and provides access to wikibooks. These include JP Boyd on Family Law (in depth coverage of family law and divorce law in BC), Legal Help for British Columbians (self-help first steps to address a range of legal problems) and Tenant Survival Guide (basics of residential tenancy law in BC).

Community Legal Assistance Society: CLAS provides free legal assistance for low-income people. Assistance includes information and referrals, summary advice, and full representation in regards to reviewing final decisions by administrative bodies. These bodies include the Residential Tenancy Branch, Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, Employment Standards Branch, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal and the Social Security Tribunal.  Practice areas also include: human rights cases before the Human Rights Tribunal and representation of people detained under the Mental Health Act or subject to the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code.

Indigenous Community Legal Clinic: The Indigenous Community Legal Clinic is a legal clinic of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. It provides legal services to the Indigenous community in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and throughout the Lower Mainland.

Justice Access Centres: Located in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria, Justice Access Centres provide referrals and legal information concerning family and civil justice issues.

Justice Education Society: The Justice Education Society provides self-help legal information and access to resources.

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP): The Law Students’ Legal Advice Program is a student-run legal clinic housed at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Student provide free legal advice and representation to low income clients on a variety of legal issues.

Legal Services Society (LSS) (also referred to as Legal Aid): The Legal Services Society is BC’s provider of legal aid. Individuals who meet income thresholds and whose legal problems fall within the scope of legal aid’s services may be eligible. Legal aid can include advice from duty counsel, representation services by a legal aid funded lawyer and/or mediation services. LSS also maintains the legal resource websites MyLawBC and Family Law BC.

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre: Nidus provides personal planning and estate planning information, education and assistance to people across British Columbia. Services include assistance with representation agreements, powers of attorney, health care consents, advance directives, etc.

People’s Law School: The People’s Law School provides free public legal education, information and referrals to people in BC on a wide range of legal issues.

PovNet: PovNet is an online community of advocates and non-profit organizations from across British Columbia who work on issues connected to poverty. PovNet’s website contains information about poverty law and links to organizations, resources, and advocates in communities across BC.

Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre. The Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre provides information on residential tenancy matters. It may in some circumstances provide direct representation to tenants to resolve disputes with landlords or provide representation at hearings.

Women’s Crisis and Shelter Support

 

Atira Women’s Resource Society: Atira Women’s Resource Society offers a Legal Advocacy Program for low-income women (inclusive of transwomen) in the Downtown Eastside. The Program offers legal information, advice and referrals on a range of legal issues.

Battered Women’s Support Services: Battered Women’s Support Services provides education, advocacy, referral and support services to assist all battered women. BWSS also provides a Legal Advocacy Program for women survivors of violence who are navigating the family law and child protection systems.

BC Housing: BC Housing’s website provides information about finding safe temporary shelter, transition housing and support services.

BC Society of Transition Houses: The BC Society of Transition Homes provides support to transition, second and third stage houses, safe homes and other programs serving women survivors of violence.

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre: The Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre provides low-barrier wellness services to transgender and non-conforming people. Services include health care, counselling, advocacy, referrals and summary legal advice.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre: The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provide practical support to women and children within the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Services include assisting with meeting immediate and crisis needs through a drop-in centre. It also provides an emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and counselling through mental health advocates.

Ending Violence Association of British Columbia: The Ending Violence Association of BC coordinates and supports the work of victim-serving and other anti-violence programs in BC. Their site may be searched for community based victim services, counselling services and multicultural outreach program around BC.

Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society: The Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society provides services to support women and children in the Sea to Sky Corridor. It has offices in Squamish and Whistler. Services include crisis support, advocacy, emergency transitional housing and counselling.

North Shore Women’s Centre: North Shore Women’s Centre is a drop-in resource centre serving the North Shore region. It provides advocacy, information, and referral services, including a family law summary advice clinic. It also provides transitional housing and counselling.

Surrey Women’s Centre: The Surrey Women’s Centre provides a range of crisis, court and counselling services to women survivors of family violence, including sexual assault and child abuse. Services include a crisis line, a family law advice clinic, as well as a resource centre.

Tri-City Transitions: Tri-City Transitions is an organization serving the Tri-City communities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra. It providse transition house and second stage housing, and counselling, victim and parenting services and resources.

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter: Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter provides assistance and advocacy services for women in need. It operates a transition house for women and their children and a 24 hour crisis line. It also provides advocacy and support services, peer counselling and access to a free legal clinic for women survivors of violence.

VictimLinkBC: VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and the Yukon. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre: WAVAW provides assistance and advocacy services to women in need. It operates a 24-hour crisis line, and provides counselling and support groups for survivors of sexualized violence.

YWCA Metro Vancouver: The YWCA Metro Vancouver offers a range of services for women and families. These include housing, education, employment, mentorship, support services and legal education and advocacy.

Counselling and Family Services

 

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre: The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provide practical support to women and children within the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Services include assisting with meeting immediate and crisis needs through a drop-in centre. It also provides an emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and counselling through mental health advocates.

Chimo Community Services: Chimo provides crisis, transition, and education services. These include counselling, safe shelter, crisis line and advocate support services on a variety of administrative and poverty law related issues. Chimo also runs a neighbourhood pro bono law clinic covering family law and civil matters.

MPA Society: The MPA Society provides advocacy, support and court services to people with mental illness.

SOURCES Community Resource Centres: Sources provides a range of services to women, children, youth and families, persons with disabilities and seniors. It serves individuals residing throughout the communities of White Rock, Surrey, Langley, Delta and Prince George. Services for women include peer support, counselling, pro bono family law clinics and legal information and advocacy programs.

Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society: VLMFSS provides services to immigrant, visible minority and refugee women and their families. Services include advocacy, counselling and support, as well as court advocacy and assistance.

Multicultural and Multilingual Services

 

Atira Women’s Resource Society: Atira Women’s Resource Society offers a Legal Advocacy Program for low-income women (inclusive of transwomen) in the Downtown Eastside. The Program offers legal information, advice and referrals on a range of legal issues.

Battered Women’s Support Services: Battered Women’s Support Services provides education, advocacy, referral and support services to assist all battered women. BWSS also provides a Legal Advocacy Program for women survivors of violence who are navigating the family law and child protection systems.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre: The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provide practical support to women and children within the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Services include assisting with meeting immediate and crisis needs through a drop-in centre. It also provides an emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and counselling through mental health advocates.

MOSAIC: MOSAIC provides a range of settlement services to immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver. Services include counselling, English language education, employment programs, and interpretation and translation services.

Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society: VLMFSS provides services to immigrant, visible minority and refugee women and their families. Services include advocacy, counselling and support, as well as court advocacy and assistance.

West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association: The West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association provides services for current and former caregivers, migrant workers and survivors of labour trafficking. Services include legal information, advice and representation in the areas of immigration and employment law.

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