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Relationship violence can take many forms — physical abuse (harm to a partner, threats of harm), emotional abuse (put downs, raised voice, angry volatile behaviour, threats of suicide should  a woman choose to leave, threatening to take or harm children or pets), financial abuse (withholding money for basic needs, not allowing a woman enough money to have coffee with a friend or to take the bus or put gas in the car, taking money a woman has earned or received), and sexual abuse (forcing, insults, threats).

The Women’s Outreach Program is here to support women who have been or are experiencing relationship violence. We provide support, resources, and practical assistance. We can look at safety planning, housing resources, financial assistance, Legal Aid and family law options and connection to other anti- violence support services. We work from a feminist perspective which means you choose the services and supports that are right for you, and the service is confidential! Services are available to women in Nelson and the surrounding area.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Justice.


  • Joanna Talecka

    Joanna has been with NCS since 2014....

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Nelson’s low vacancy rate and high rental costs make finding and keeping housing a challenge especially for those living on low incomes and coping with multiple other challenges. HPP focuses on preventing homelessness in four priority groups in our population who have been identified as particularly vulnerable to homelessness:

  1. Women (and their children) who have experienced relationship violence or are at-risk
  2. Youth, including those leaving the formal care system
  3. Adults leaving institutional care (e.g. hospital, corrections, treatment centre)
  4. People of Aboriginal descent

The primary goal is to provide wrap-around services that specifically prevent homelessness by offering such supports as rental supplements, life skills support, case planning and integrated case management, and landlord relationship building, to name a few.


  • Mike McGaw

    Mike joined NCS in November 2008. Diploma HSW...

  • Cheryl Smith

    Has been in this position since 2019...

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