Legal Resources for Women

Learn about women specific legal resources including family law, help for mothers without legal status, and more.

Rise Women’s Legal Centre

516 Richards Street, Vancouver BC (get directions to Rise Women’s Legal Centre)
Community legal clinic providing unbundled legal services in family law matters to individuals who self-identify as women. Legal services are provided by trained and supervised senior UBC law students. Remote services are also available to women outside the Lower Mainland.
Learn more about the Rise Women’s Legal Centre.

Surrey Women’s Centre Society

604-583-1295 (crisis line) 
Provides criminal court support and accompaniment, as well as family court information. Also offers support groups and a clothing exchange. Crisis and Counselling services to women and girls experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse.
Learn more about the Surrey Women’s Centre Society.

YWCA Legal Related Programs

Seeds of Independence at YWCA
Provides mobile support to women who have left abusive relationships and who have exhausted crisis services and require longer-term support. Can meet women wherever they are most comfortable. Helps with applying for housing, accessing income assistance, navigating legal systems, court accompaniments and more. 
Learn more about Seeds of Independence.

Mothers Without Legal Status

604-734-5722 (Hiromi Kase) or 604-209-1808
Supports women who have left abusive relationships and find themselves without legal status, and children who cannot leave Canada with them, after their ex-partners cancel their sponsorships for permanent residence, or other mothers with precarious status who cannot take their children with them out of Canada. Also offers outreach for Japanese women fleeing partner abuse. Can provide outreach assistance and phone or email support (located in Vancouver).
Learn more about Mothers Without Legal Status.

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