Need help in BC?
West Coast LEAF is not a legal clinic.
We do not offer legal advice, direct services, advocacy, or representation services for individuals. Below are a few referral, legal, and support resources in BC. Some direct services may have waitlists or wait times. While we do our best to update an organization’s information on this page, each organization’s contact info and services may change.
General resource directories and referral services
These are general referral services for community organizations that provide support, advocacy and legal support.
For the 24/7 phone line, text or call 2-1-1 (1-888-484-3211)
This is a 24/7 phone and text line that provides free, confidential and multilingual information and referrals to community resources and government programs including crisis advocacy and legal services. BC211 also has a free, online searchable database of community resources.
For the 24/7 phone line, text or call 1-800-563-0808
VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. and the Yukon. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.
For the phone line, text or call 1-855-875-8867
This is a free phone and text line that answers legal questions, and provides information and referrals Monday – Friday 11am-2pm.
Live chat and website: legalhelpbc.ca/ask-jes
Resources for sexualized violence and intimate partner violence support
All people who’ve experienced sexualized violence and intimate partner violence deserve compassion and support.
Lower Mainland 24/7 Crisis Line: 604-255-6344
Salal provides free and confidential support services and referrals for people of marginalized genders (women, Two-Spirit, trans, and gender-diverse people) aged 14+ who have experienced any form of sexualized violence. Salal provides emergency crisis support, hospital accompaniment, criminal legal system support, individual counselling and support circles, and specialized services for Indigenous peoples and gender diverse peoples.
Toll-free 24/7 crisis line available across Canada: 1-877-392-7583
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm text line: 604-245-2425
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm live chat: salalsvsc.ca/connect/
Here’s a selection of the educational materials that West Coast LEAF has developed on consent and sexual assault. They contain legal information, not legal advice:
We have a toolkit for complainant counsel in sexual assault cases.
We have infographics:
- Legal definitions of consent and sexual assault
- Age of consent
- Non-legal and legal options for adults who have experienced sexual assault
If you’d like to learn more about sexual assault, consent, and the law, we also have two FAQs:
Free or low cost legal help
If you are a woman or a gender-diverse person looking for free or low-cost help with a family law matter, please contact Rise Women’s Legal Centre to request a non-emergency appointment.
You can reach Rise by filling out their intake form