Stopping the Violence Counselling Program

The Stopping the Violence against Women (STV) counselling program provides services to women and independent female youth who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships, sexual assault, and/or child abuse.

Ishtar’s STV program is accessible and welcoming to all women residing in the Langley and Aldergrove areas. All STV services are offered free of charge. STV services include:

Short-term/Crisis Counselling

If you are still living with an abusive partner, or if you have been recently assaulted, we have short-term (3-12 sessions) counselling available. We focus on safety planning and emotional stabilization with short-term counselling clients. Depending on the number of requests, there may be a brief waiting period before your first appointment.

Individual Counselling

We offer up to 50 private sessions over a two year period. STV counsellors work from a counseling model informed by feminist and trauma intervention theories. We focus on providing information to clients about abuse/violence against women, helping clients explore and understand how they have been impacted by abuse/violence, and helping clients regain a sense of safety and control in their lives.
There is a waitlist for counselling, typically 3-6 months.

Group Counselling

The STV program offers various groups throughout the year. There may or may not be a waitlist for a specific group, depending which groups have recently been offered.

  • Surviving Relationship Violence is an 8-week group for women who have experienced abuse and violence in their intimate relationships. Group participants will be provided with information about relationship abuse and violence, and develop skills for staying safe, and connect with other women who have also been betrayed and hurt by their partners.
  • Building Resilience is a 6 week group for women who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships, sexual assault, and/or child abuse. Group participants will learn about post-traumatic stress responses, identify their current strategies for coping with past traumas, and explore alternative resources for safely and resiliently coping with past trauma and day-to-day stress.
  • Boundaries and Beginnings is an 8-week group for women who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships, sexual assault, and/or child abuse. Group participants will explore the topic of boundaries, learn how to identify boundary violations, and develop skills for effectively asserting and maintaining healthy boundaries.

How to access STV Services

Contact the STV intake counsellor at 604-534-1011 to request an intake appointment. Every effort is made to return intake messages within 2 business days, and to schedule intake appointments within two weeks of first contact.

For more information on this program please contact:
Reception at  604-534-1011

 

Funded by Ministry of Justice