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Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter

About

We are the longest standing rape crisis centre in Canada. Since 1973, our group has responded to close to 46,000 women seeking our support in their escape from male violence. Since we opened our transition house in 1981, we have housed over 3,000 women and over 2,600 children.

The operation of our rape crisis centre and transition house are forms of direct action, developed for women by women in the 1970s as a part of the second wave of the North American women’s movement. More than just providing immediate safety, we offer a place to group, analyze, strategize and fight back against male violence.

In addition to our frontline work, we put a substantial effort into public education, as it's an essential tool for social change. We are intentional in organizing public education events that are free, open and accessible to all.