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Relationships and Legal Issues
Information about services offered including shelter, crisis line, counselling, groups and a resource list for women who have or had an abusive partner. There is also information about abuse and personal stories.
This is a temporary shelter and support base for women who are leaving abusive relationship. Food and shelter are provided for up to 30 days.
This website provides self-help information about family law issues such as divorce, separation, custody, adoption, child support, child protection and removal. There are also court forms you can download.
This website provides information on services available such as legal support and information and classes such as Parenting with a New Partner and Caught in the Middle. Free Legal Hotline (Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 am- 4:30 pm). Location: 812B Broughton
toll-free in BC: 1 (800) 668=3637, Greater Victoria: (250) 356-5995
Program ensures the maintenance and enforcement of child support payments. You need to enroll with a filing kit, which can either be sent to you, or picked up at any court house, government agency or legal aid office. Takes 6-16 weeks for the program to become effective once you have applied.
Anyone can call for free legal information. The phone line has 4-6 minute long pre-recorded scripts on all kinds of topics.
1 (888) 3730-2222
Have a very thorough and informative website. They have information on everything from definitions on legal terms, to divorce and separation, to child protection and removal. They cannot give you personalized legal advice, but have a page of links that can help you find the legal help that is right for you.
The Law Centre provides advice, assistance and representation to clients who cannot afford a lawyer. The service is free for anyone who qualifies for legal assistance. Some of the services they offer include criminal matters, divorce, support and other family law matters, human rights complaints, civil disputes and hearings before administrative tribunals. Location: 3rd Floor, 1221 Broad St.
If you want legal advice or you need a lawyer and can’t afford it you can call them. They assess people in order to determine their eligibility for legal aid. This is a free service. If you qualify they will connect you with legal aid and help you make an appointment with a lawyer. They also provide an onsite legal information kiosk with computer access that allows you to research information on the law. Location: Suite 200, 747 Fort
If you have a complaint against agencies such as Income Assistance, MCFD, ICBC, BC Hydro, a college or a university, the Ombudsman can investigate your complaint.
Advocacy services and support for young people in dealing with the Child Welfare system, ensuring that voices and views are heard, and rights and interests are upheld in decisions being made about them.
TAPS provides information, and advocacy for those having problems with Income Assistance, tenancy issues and disability assistance. Location: #302-895 Fort Street.
VIHRC provides information and advocacy for individuals who have been discriminated against. In some cases they have advocated for parents whose children were removed by the Ministry of Children and Families. Location: #418- 620 View
Can also call Enquiry BC for transfer to location nearest you: 1 (800) 663-7876
This service provides information and assistance to parents who are trying to find ways to resolve conflicts arising from separation or divorce. They offer short term counselling or mediation around parenting issues, assist parties with application to family court and help you prepare court-ordered custody and access reports. Location: #501-771 Vernon