Jan 31, 2024

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Rise Women’s Legal Centre envisions a future where all self-identified women and gender diverse people in BC have access to a just and equal legal system.

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Rise Women’s Legal Centre is a legal clinic providing accessible legal services to self-identified women and gender diverse people in British Columbia. Rise assists over 2,000 clients a year, primarily in the area of family law. Approximately 80% of our clients have experienced family violence. We provide compassionate, trauma informed legal assistance to our clients, and we train lawyers and support workers on how to assist clients who have experienced family violence. We also conduct research into how family violence is addressed through BC’s Family Law Act (FLA) and family law system, with the goal of seeking to improve the experience of survivors in BC.

Central to our work is the knowledge that women, and all people of marginalised genders, are disproportionately impacted by systems of oppression, including gender-based violence.

Rise was opened in response to the systemic marginalization of women who need legal help and are unable to access it, for financial, geographic, or other reasons. The lack of access to family law services, and its disproportionate impact on women, is a gender equality issue. When women cannot access legal services they may remain in violent relationships, lose parenting rights to their children, or forgo important economic entitlements like child support, spousal support and property division.

Workout for Women’s Day is a coming together of local movement studios and instructors around International Women’s Day to offer public and private corporate classes for charities that support girls, women, and people of other marginalized genders.

Give to Rise today as part of the Workout for Women’s Day campaign, and help us raise $10,000 for Rise this IWD!

Donations to Rise support all of our work and programs, and will be allocated to greatest need. Your donation will make a significant impact helping our clients, from all over the province, access justice.

Thank you for your support! You can give here.

If you have any questions about Workout for Women’s Day, you can email [email protected] or [email protected].

To learn more about the Workout for Women’s Day initiative, you can visit: www.strongertogethervancouver.com.


Operations During COVID-19

Please note that, due to the current health emergency, our office is closed to the public until further notice. Our staff continues to serve our clients remotely, but we are not always on the premises to accept postal or courier deliveries. Please send documents by email where possible, or arrange a time for physical delivery in advance.

Clients and Potential Clients:
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General and Administrative Inquiries:
[email protected]
T 604.451.7447
F 604.304.4072

Our office is located on unceded territory of the Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh (Burrard), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Accessibility & Comfort at Rise

Rise strives to be inclusive and accessible for our clients and visitors. Our entry, reception area, meeting rooms and restroom are fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any requests that would make your visit to Rise easier or more comfortable, please let us know and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

Dogs at Rise

Occasionally our staff may bring their small dogs to work. Dogs stay in their owners’ individual offices except when being walked. If you have severe allergies or other concerns, please let us know 24 hours before attending our office so that we may accommodate you.

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