Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural family Support Services Society

Who are we?

We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services to immigrant, visible minority , refugee and non-status women and their families who are experiencing family violence. We are located in Burnaby but we serve clients in the entire Metro Vancouver..

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

Our History

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 a non-profit organization, Vancouver Society of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women, to set up a new, culturally sensitive, multilingual agency to serve immigrant, visible minority, refugee and non-status women and their families experiencing family violence


Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services.

We acknowledge BC211 for producing the video profile. The video features an interview with our founder and Executive director Shashi Assanand.


Our Mission

To End Family Violence Through Prevention, Education and Intervention.

We are a non-profit, registered charity. Our bilingual/bicultural workers provide free, culturally sensitive, confidential and women-centered services in over 20 languages. We offer a safe, and non-judgemental environment for women and their children. 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. We believe in helping women and children to acknowledge their own strength and to develop coping skills. We support them while they go through the different stages of rebuilding their lives at their own pace.

We also offer cultural sensitization and anti-violence presentations for professionals and community, as well as educational programs for ethno-specific communities.

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Project Funding


Mother holding baby symbolizing our work to end family violence in the Vancouver and lower mainland area

"Let’s work together to end family violence."

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