Violence in Relationships Committee

SOVAS is a founding member and supporter of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Violence in Relationships (VIR) Committee.

The South Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Violence in Relationships Committee’s Mission is: to strengthen our community network to increase the safety and empowerment of those in our communities who experience relationship violence. (February 2009)

For more information on the VIR Committee or how to get involved please feel free to contact our Acting Agency Coordinator, Lorraine at SOVAS .

The VIR Committee is currently involved with the Change for Good Project.

Change for Good

Change for Good is a counselling program for people who want to address their aggressive, controlling, or abusive behaviour patterns, but are not able to access the court-mandated programs. To be eligible for this service, clients must be willing to acknowledge and address their abusive behaviour, and to work toward change. Changing long-standing patterns of behaviour is not easy, but with assistance, dedication, and hard work it can be done. Change for Good sees ‘abuse’ as the full spectrum of coercive, aggressive, controlling behaviour, not just physical violence.

Counselling services through Change for Good are professional, respectful and confidential. They are free of charge and available in Penticton and Keremeos for all residents across the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. Clients can be self-referred or referred by others (eg professional, partners, family or friends). However, they must contact the program coordinator personally to discuss their eligibility and intake. The coordinator can be reached at 250 488-5939 or

The Change for Good project is an initiative of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Violence in Relationships Committee, a collective of 30+ community agencies across the region working with issues related to relationship violence. Concerned about prevention, the committee recognized a lack of resources for people wanting to address their abusive behaviour. A sub-committee was formed to seek strategies and funds to address that gap. Their funding proposal was successful and the Change for Good pilot project was launched December 1, 2011 and ran until October 31, 2012. With renewed funding, the program will continue providing services April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, at which time it is hoped that funding will be in place to allow the program to continue on an ongoing basis.