Outcomes Report (2014-15)

OCS Annual Outcomes Report 2014-2015

Stopping the Violence Services 1. Transition Houses a) Evergreen (EV) b) Virginia Sam (VSam) 2. Threshold Multicultural Outreach (TO) 3. Children and Youth for Domestic Peace (CYDP), previously Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) 1. Transition Houses The Transition House programs supports women and their dependent children who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse, threats or violence by providing access to safe, secure, and confidential services, including information and supports for decision- making, short-term shelter or housing, referrals to other services and links to affordable housing. The Transition House program provides shelter and related services which are accessible on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year. This was another very busy year for the Transition Houses with demand for services clearly on an upward trend. Between the two houses, 1,337 women and 710 children were referred (up 36 women and 137 children from last year). Another 1794 moms and their children were referred elsewhere. The average length of stay increased approximately 16% from last year; while the percentage of clients staying 30+ days decreased almost 10% compared to last year. This is due to the difficulty in finding affordable housing for larger families, and immigrant/refugee women without status and thus having no financial assistance for housing and related services.

Three top cultural groups served: • Aboriginal 38% 25 (23) • South Asian 20% 13 (10) • Caucasian 20% 13 (2)

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