Preventing & Responding to Domestic Violence Project

Preventing & Responding to Domestic Violence against Newcomer Women-Refugee, No Status, & Immigrant Women (PRDV) is a Department of Justice Canada initiative.

This project was delivered by VIRCS from June 2016 to May 2017 through a community partnership. The agencies involved were: Victoria Women’s Transition House, The Cridge Centre for the Family, Margaret Laurence House, Bridges for Women Society, and Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture.

The PRDV project deliverables included: a training curriculum for frontline employees that work with immigrant women leaving abusive relationships, and a legal information booklet. The learning outcomes for participants were:

  • To understand the unique experiences of immigrant women who experience domestic violence,
  • To identify how immigration status affects the provision of services to immigrant women experiencing domestic violence and,
  • Provide recommendations to improve service to immigrant women and address community service gaps.

Outcomes to Date

PRDV Project was completed successfully in Victoria, BC, between June 2016 and May 2017.

About 40 participants registered for the workshops delivered on March 3rd and April 28th 2017. The participants came from various community service organisations such as: The Victoria Women’s Transition House, The Cridge Centre for the Family, Margaret Laurence House and, Bridges for Women Society, Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria Police Department, Counselling Centre for Refugees, Spousal Assault Victim Support Program, Regional Domestic Violence Unit, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Community Mirco Lending Victoria, Victoria Coalition for Survivor's of Torture and students from the University of Victoria.

The project facilitation team included Jenny Holder and Victoria Pruden, from Bridges for Women Society, along with Keri Greenidge and Alvaro Moreno from VIRCS, Roberto Alberto from Alberto Law, Beatriz Contreras from Contreras and McLennan Law and Peter Golden from Golden and Golden.

Workshop participants provided invaluable feedback on improving future activities, which reflects their engagement in understanding the legal and justice issues shared and their interest in seeing this project continued in the future.

If you would like to learn more about this project, download the legal information booklet and to request training for your agency, please contact

Please note, on April 28th, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada announced the elimination of Conditional Permanent Residence for spouses. With this update, any case that was under investigation for non-compliance with the cohabitation condition has ceased.