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
Tel: 236-317-9000
516 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A2
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.

SOURCES Legal Resource Centre
Tel: 778-565-3638  
#106 - 13771 72A Ave. Surrey, BC
Offers free information and resources on a variety of legal issues to women and their families. Offers Pro Bono Legal Clinics, a law library, workshops and seminars.

Surrey Women’s Centre Society
Tel: 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.

YWCA Legal Related Programs
Seeds of Independence @ 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. 
Mothers Without Legal Status
Tel: 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).

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