Joint Press Release from the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and Ishtar Transition Housing Society – For Immediate Release

Joint Press Release from the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and Ishtar Transition Housing Society – For Immediate Release

December 1, 2014

The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and Ishtar Transition Housing Society are pleased to announce that the Transition Houses operated by Ishtar will remain open and serving the needs of women and children fleeing violence in both the Langley and Aldergrove communities.

Positive changes over the past several days at both the Board and Management level at Ishtar have allowed forward thinking discussions to occur with BC Housing as the funder of the Transition House Program in BC. A commitment has been made between Ishtar and BC Housing to keeping an ongoing dialogue together to ensure the continued safe service delivery of these valued and needed community based Transition Houses.     

Former management and Board members had announced last week changes to Ishtar’s service delivery that would no longer include the Transition Houses. This is no longer the case. 

Transition House services across our province are the critical safetynet for women fleeing violent relationships. Through the Transition House program women and children are able to find the support and safety they require for themselves and their families as they take steps to make the changes they want in their lives. The Transition Houses operated by Ishtar are part of the continuum of safety and support for women and children in Langley and Aldergrove; these houses are operating at over 90% occupancy. 

Domestic violence is not on the decline in BC as evidenced by the 12 deaths this year alone of women connected to violent relationships. This figure is double the number of deaths related to domestic violence in BC in 2013. More needs to be done to address and prevent what is happening in British Columbian families that is leading to the death of our women and children.

Media Contact for this release are:

Ishtar Transition Housing Society
John Rogers – Board Chair
604-779-0215

BC Society of Transition Houses
Catherine Talbott – Executive Director
604-669-6943 ext. 222

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