The Youth Against Violence Line was established in the early
1990's as part of the Taking A Stand campaign, an initiative of
the B.C. Government. The campaign was designed to encourage young
people to take an active role in preventing violence amongst their
At that time, the YAV Line offered a voicemail and
e-mail service where callers could be connected to the police to
anonymously report incidents of youth violence and crime, without
fear of reprisals.
In 2005, the government partnered with
BC211 (formerly Information Services Vancouver) to expand the service by
offering a toll-free 24/7 live help line where young people
could talk one-on-one, in confidence and anonymously to a support
worker. This new and expanded service began December 1, 2005.
bc211 is a non-profit agency that has been approved to operate
telephone help lines for British Columbians. The staff at bc211 are
certified professionals, trained to help youth who are experiencing
threatening and violent situations, or other difficult life situations.