Han Knakst Tsitxw is a Transition House, which was established to provide a safe, secure and confidential refuge to Native and Non-Native women and children who have been physically, emotionally, mentally, or sexually abused, threatened and/or assaulted. The house is open on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week, providing temporary, safe accommodations.
About The Staff
The staff are all women who are experienced in areas of family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, victim’s assistance, and legal advocacy. Once you have arrived confidentiality will be strictly maintained. During intake, all safety rules and features, most notably fire escape procedures and security mechanisms will be explained.
What We Can Do
We ensure safety, privacy, and confidentiality. Each individual receives help in accordance with her emotional and practical needs by providing her support, referrals and resources. Clean, safe and suitable accommodations are provided to residents in accordance with health, fire and safety regulations. Residents are given the emotional support they need during their stay and after care.
Length of Stay
Women can stay for a period of up to thirty days. In this period we can aid the transition of women and their families fleeing an abusive situation.
*If reasonable belief of child abuse is suspected, the transition house is required by law to report to proper authorities, with the mothers or guardian’s knowledge and participation whenever possible.
How to Enter the House
Women may be referred by any community agency, health provider, or by self-referral.
Who is eligible for admission:
- Adult women and their dependents that are experiencing crisis
- Women under the age of 19 years who are living independently and experiencing a crisis
- Dependent females under the age of 19 years may be admitted if the Ministry for Children and Families or Nlaka’pamux Child and Family Services are advised and approve
- Overnight accommodation for women of a transient nature that are experiencing a crisis
- Must not be a risk or a threat to other women and children
- Must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs