Second Chilliwack session on domestic violence Wednesday

Session will cover the services and programs in the Chilliwack area provided by Ann Davis Transition Society, and Xolhemet Society.

Domestic violence can ran the gamut of physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse.

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn for help.

The second info session on domestic violence hosted by Chilliwack RCMP is set for Wednesday, May 16, at the Community Services offices at 45938 Wellington Avenue.

It’s geared to raising awareness about existing services and programs in the Chilliwack area provided by Ann Davis Transition Society, and Xolhemet Society.

The sessions run for six consecutive weeks at the CCS offices on Wellington,  every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon until June 13.

“The first public information session was held on May 9 and was well attended,” said Vincent.

Speakers from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society provided “excellent information” on their programs and answered specific questions regarding their services, she said.

At the May 16 session, a representative from Ann Davis Transition Society will explore the range of services they offer for children, youth, women, men and families at the Young Road headquarters. Another ADTS rep will provide an overview on the Ann Davis Transition House, which provides a safe refuge for women facing domestic violence, as well as women with children, on a short-term basis.

The Xolhemet Society rep will discuss services available at their Transition House including shelter, support, advocacy, court accompaniment and referrals. There are no fees at the Transition House and no limits on number of visits or departures. Xolhemet Society also offers second stage housing which is supported living for women and children in their own apartment.

Presenters for the remaining four weeks will Chilliwack Community Services, ADTS Legal Advocate, Mennonite Central Committee, RCMP and RCMP Victim Services.

For more details contact Cpl. Vincent at (604) 702-4001.

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