Since 1991, serving immigrant, refugee, visible minority, non-status women and children experiencing family violence in Metro Vancouver.

WHO ARE WE?"Let's Work Together To End Family Violence"

We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services in twenty languages. We provide culturally responsive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are experiencing family violence.

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


Join Our Team

If you are between the Ages of 15 -30 preferably from immigrant, refugee, and visible minority families or youth
who self-identify as being underrepresented, We want you to join our Day Camp Program for children ages 6-12. 
We're looking for Four Day Camp Leaders, for the duration of July 08- August 16, 2019.
Please view the link provided for qualification details and forward your resume to the email peovided.



You can help us support our programs and services by purchasing our purple umbrellas.


A purple umbrella signifies shelter against inclement weather. It is a temporary safe individualized protection used during a movement to a more permanent and stronger protection. It is a metaphor for the support that VLMFSS workers provide to women on their journey from a life of violence to a life of safety. Some supports withstand the length of time and some are brief. We hope these umbrellas will stand up to external pressures and provide protection for a long time. 

You can support our programs and services by purchasing our purple umbrellas and designate your donation any combination of the following:

A woman holding a purple umbrella symbolizing shelter against inclement weather   Two women behind purple umbrellas being sheltered from domestic violence from VLMFSS

Latest News


Founding Executive Director Shashi Assanand retires as leader of one of BC’s leading multicultural family support services organization

VLMFSS founding executive director Shashi AssanandAfter 26 years at the helm of the Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Services Society (VLMFSS), Shashi Assanand has retired as the organization’s Executive Director.

Ms. Assanand left Uganda as a refugee in 1972 when military dictator Idi Amin ordered all individuals of South Asian descent to  leave the country. She experienced first-hand the unique challenges refugee, immigrant women and their families face in their new communities as she built a new life first in the UK and then in Canada. Ms. Assanand made it her career’s work to support and empower immigrant families and facilitate cultural awareness and competency amongst professionals to better serve and/or work with immigrant and refugee families. read more



Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and thank the Coast Salish Nations of Musqueam, Tsleil–Wautuh and Squamish
on whose traditional territories we empower immigrant and refugee families.



 "Let's Work Together To End Family Violence"



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