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 peers. 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. 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.