Island Women Against Violence (IWAV) is a non-profit society providing services throughout the Southern Gulf Islands to women and their children affected by poverty, violence and abuse.

We operate the Salt Spring Island Transition House, the 24-Hour Violence & Abuse Help Line, Women’s Outreach Services, Stopping the Violence Counselling for Women and The PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) Program for Children and Youth Experiencing Violence (formerly the Children Who Witness Abuse program). We also run a community-based thrift store, “Transitions”, in downtown Ganges on Salt Spring Island as a fundraising program for the organisation.

We work from a feminist perspective and offer non-judgmental support and information that will assist women in making their own choices.

The Salt Spring Island Transition House first opened its doors in the summer of 1995 when a house was anonymously donated for the express purpose of operating a transition house for women. Many volunteers dedicated themselves to establishing this service in the community. In November 1998, the house began receiving regular operating funding from the BC Ministry of Women’s Equality.

The transition house is currently staffed with trained support counsellors and is accessible to single women or women with their children around the clock.

Women can reach us by calling toll-free
1-877-435-7544

MISSION STATEMENT

Island Women Against Violence (IWAV) is a non-profit, charitable society on Salt Spring Island providing services throughout the Southern Gulf Islands to women and their children affected by poverty, violence and abuse.

Goals & Purposes
  • To operate transitional housing and provide ancillary services to women and their children who are victims of violence and abuse

  • To operate an emergency crisis line

  • To work toward the prevention and elimination of poverty, violence and abuse in the Gulf Islands

  • To operate (or provide) affordable housing for households in financial need

VISION STATEMENT

“We envision people living free from poverty, violence and abuse.”