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About Us

Who are we?

We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services in over twenty languages. We serve the population of clients in the entire Lower Mainland. Our Head Office is located in Burnaby, B.C. (near Metrotown) and our Branch Office is located in Surrey, B.C.

We provide culturally sensitive services to immigrant, visible minority and refugee women and their families who are experiencing family violence.

We are immigrant, visible minority and refugee women helping other immigrant,visible minority and refugee women by providing:

  • Free and confidential services
  • Advocacy, counselling, & support through our bi-lingual, bi-cultural workers continuity of support


Our History

The Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society was formed in September 1991. The Ministry of Social Services (now known as the Ministry for Children and Families Development) accepted a proposal submitted by Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of BC to set up a new organization to serve immigrant and visible minority women and their families experiencing family violence.

Our Mission

We provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for women and their children in their own language and culture. Individual counselling is provided at the office, out of the office and over the phone. We also provide group counselling and support and counselling to women victims of sexual assault and to adult survivors of sexual abuse, emergency interventions and referrals to appropriate resources. Our approach is to empower women in dealing with their issues, help them to develop coping skills, assist them in self-exploration, and to support them while they go through the different stages of rebuilding their lives at their own pace, in a culturally sensitive environment. We promote awareness and understanding of the dynamics of family violence within the multicultural perspectives to professionals working with immigrant families. We offer educational programs within the multicultural communities about the dynamics of family violence and alternative models of treatment.

Our Funders

  • Province of British Columbia: Ministry of Community Services
  • Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Ministry of Children and Families Development
  • Public Health Agency of Canada-CAPC

Project Funding

  • Canadian Heritage
  • United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Vancouver Foundation
  • Ministry of Education, Gender Equity Branch
  • We accept donations

2013 Christmas Party
Every year, we invite 50 needy familes to enjoy a get-together party, a nutritious lunch and receive gifts that otherwise they could not have afforded. We rely on the generosity of corporate and individual donors to collect enough items to donate at the party: new children's toys, toiletries, clothing, foodstuff and any other item useful to women and children will be gratefully accepted.
The 2013 Christmas part will be held on December 17th. Please,  call Anna at 604 436 1025 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
to donate!

2013 Donors' List
We gratefully acknowledge and heartfully thank the following donors:

BC Women's Hospital-Diagnostic Ambulatory Program
Jeremy's Memorial Foundation
Canada Safeway Ltd. (Head Office)
Canada Safeway at Kingsway/Collingwood, Vancouver
Canada Safeway at Oak and Kingsway, Burnaby
TwoTen Foundation Western Canadian Shoe Association
Lions Club-Vancouver Shaughnessy

Drake Meadox
Walmart-New Westminster Store

Stemcell Technologies Inc.
BC LIquor Distribution Branch Vancouver

Mrs. Joan Spence