If you or someone you know is affected by or at risk of gang involement, there are resources and support services that can help.
Youth Against Violence Line - 1 800 680-4264
From schoolyard bullying to gang violence and organized crime, many people today have witnessed violence or have been victimized themselves. The Youth Against Violence Line provides a safe and confidential way to get support and information about available services or to report an incident of youth violence or crime in B.C. YAVL is a toll-free, BC-wide telephone help line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn more, see the Youth Against Violence Line website and YAVL Information Sheet
VictimLink BC - 1-800-563-0808
VictimLink BC is a toll-free, BC-wide telephone help line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VictimLink BC provides information and referral services to all victims of crime, and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence. Please visit the VictimLink BC website for more information.
Crime Stoppers - 1-800-222-8477
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can call 1-800-222-8477 to provide anonymous information on crimes in your community. Highly trained civilian and police tip takers receive these calls and are able to investigate and evaluate tips before they are forwarded to police investigators. Crime Stoppers tipsters are guaranteed that they will not have to give their name, be identified or testify in court. Because of this, Crime Stoppers gets valuable information that might not otherwise be provided. Crime Stoppers tipsters could be eligible to receive cash rewards of up to $2000 upon an arrest and charge on a tip that they have provided. For more information, please see the Crime Stoppers of Metro Vancouver website.
Protecting Surrey Schools Together (PSST)
This website was developed by the Surrey Community Action and Assessment Network as a resource for youth and the community. PSST is a website for the students of the Surrey School District. It is a place for students to write articles, share their experiences and connect with each other in a safe environment. PSST also provides reliable information on important issues that affect students. Unique to PSST is a secure and confidential area for students to share information about anything that concerns them at school. For more information see the PSST website.
Abbotsford Police Department Youth Help Line - 604-864-4787
For youth who are or know someone who is involved in criminal activity and want help to get out.
Free Youth Clinics and Counselling Services
Vancouver Coastal Health offers free, confidential counselling to youth age 13 to 25. Youth can access counsellors at the Youth Clinics listed below or through their schools.
Boulevard Youth Clinic 2120 West 43rd.Ave 604-261-6366
Broadway Youth Resource Centre 691 E.Broadway 604-786-2228
East Van Youth Clinic 1669 E. Broadway 604-675-3986
English Bay Youth Health Centre 1655 Barclay St. 604-736-9844
Knight St. Youth Clinic 6405 Knight St 604- 321-6151
Pine Youth Clinic 1985 West 4th Ave. 604-736-2391
Three Bridges Com. Health Centre 1292 Hornby St. 604-736-9844
Youth in BC: http://www.youthinbc.com
A web-based hotline for youth is implemented, providing youth in distress an opportunity to receive one-on-one online emotional support from trained youth volunteers, as well as information and resources.
Mind your mind: http://www.mindyourmind.ca
An award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where youth can get info, resources and the tools to help them manage stress, crisis and mental health.
Youth chat line: http://www.Youthspace.ca
A newly piloted youth chat online support service provided through NEED Crisis and Information Line based in Victoria. It provides youth with anonymous and confidential support through a discussion forum, email counselling, and the live one on one chat counselling service.
An interactive youth website which provides a place to talk freely about loss and to explore grief. Share feelings, connect with other young people and find info on the grieving process and supporting a grieving friend. Also includes a section specifically for parents and educators.
Teen Central: http://www,teencentral.net
Get help regarding domestic violence or other issues through podcasts and an anonymous "tell your story" link where you can tell your story and recieve advice from a doctor.