The Removal of Conditional Permanent Residence is a Step in the Right Direction

The Removal of Conditional Permanent Residence is a Step in the Right Direction

Battered Women’s Support Services is pleased that the federal government has removed conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses and partners. Conditional permanent residence created a barrier for women to leave an abusive spouse and had an overwhelming impact on women and their children, who constantly had the threat of deportation used as a tool used… Continue Reading >>

BWSS Teams Up with Art Community to Help End Violence against Women

BWSS Teams Up with Art Community to Help End Violence against Women

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is Art! Vancouver’s 2017 charity of choice at their third annual International Art Fair May 25th through to the 28th at the Vancouver Convention Centre.   Art can be an effective resource and tool for healing for women survivors of violence. The creative process has the ability to transform pain… Continue Reading >>

Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Planning for Safety The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, and abusive language in online spaces are aimed at women and come from current or former male partners.  This behaviour is used to control, intimate and isolate women and girls. Planning for safety can be one way women can take back power in… Continue Reading >>

The Limits of Psychological Testing in Parental Capacity Assessment Reports

The Limits of Psychological Testing in Parental Capacity Assessment Reports

    A Literature Review The Jane Doe Legal Network is a coalition of anti-violence and women-serving organizations working to end violence against women. Battered Women’s Support Services has been part of The Jane Doe Legal Network, a coalition of anti-violence and women-serving organizations working to end violence against women, for the past 8 years.… Continue Reading >>

Surviving to Thriving

Surviving to Thriving

LBT*2SQ Women’s 10 Week Support Group This is a support group for self-identified Lesbian, Bisexual,Trans*, Two Spirit and Queer Women who have experienced or are experiencing the impacts of violence and abuse, including intimate partner violence and childhood sexual abuse. This group will support participants to: • gain a greater understanding of their lives and… Continue Reading >>

No Laughing Matter #kNOwmore

No Laughing Matter #kNOwmore

Margaret Mitchell, a former MP who became a leading voice in raising awareness about male violence against women died last week. She was 92.  In 1982, Margaret created a national debate when in the House of Commons, she called out male MPs who jeered making jokes while she raised the issue of violence against women,… Continue Reading >>

Battered Women’s Support Services Webinar Series

Battered Women’s Support Services Webinar Series

Responding to Complex Presentations of Violence against Women Interfacing with the Law In this webinar series put on jointly by Battered Women Support Services and Courthouse Libraries, some of the issues when responding to complex presentations of violence against women interfacing with the law will be explored. Some of the most challenging situations when supporting… Continue Reading >>

Story Telling at the Intersections

Story Telling at the Intersections

Story Telling at the Intersections Lucia Lorenzi cautions us to be careful with stories we tell while watching out for the stories we are told. Dr. Lucia Lorenzi is a humanities-based researcher whose scholarly interests focus on the representations of sexual violence in Canadian and Indigenous literatures, as well as representations of sexual violence in autobiographical… Continue Reading >>