Got Justice? – The Tough Get Going

Got Justice? – The Tough Get Going

It is commonly known that violence escalates when a woman decides to separate from her abusive partner. After separation, an abusive partner will try to maintain his power and control through many ways. One form of control usually appears in the family law process, especially when children are involved. Through court-related abuse and harassment, abusive… Continue Reading >>

Employment, Independence and Empowerment: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

Employment, Independence and Empowerment: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 B.C. Premier Christy Clark shared her support for the Green Party Bill on Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act and UBC’s draft sexual assault policy. On Friday, June 10, 2016  Premier Clark responded to women advocates on CBC Almanac with Gloria Macarenko regarding policies and funding in respect to violence… Continue Reading >>

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.

In the 1970s, Battered Women’s Support Services joined other women’s groups in the creation of women’s support services, sexual assault centres, women’s centres, transition houses, counselling programs and victim services programs in BC to respond to violence against women. In response to the Montreal Massacre, the BC provincial government started funding Stopping the Violence Counselling… Continue Reading >>

Announcing Changes to the Indigenous Women’s Program at BWSS

Announcing Changes to the Indigenous Women’s Program at BWSS

Building an organization that is culturally competent and integrates cultural safe practices has been the work at BWSS since we first began acknowledging colonization as a defining geopolitical force in 1996.  The layers of exploration and awareness and behaviour changes began structurally thereafter and in 2004, we designated positions to be held by Indigenous women… Continue Reading >>

Chloe is running for BWSS

Chloe is running for BWSS

Originally from Toronto, Chloe has been an avid runner and engaged philanthropist for years. Encouraged by her mother into running, being active and outdoors is something fun that Chloe and her mother do together. Chloe takes the opportunity to run while raising funds for local charities. She is spending the summer in Vancouver and this… Continue Reading >>

For women living with violence, safety changes everything…

For women living with violence, safety changes everything…

For women living with violence, safety changes everything… At Battered Women’s Support Services, we know for women living with violence, safety changes everything so we commemorate Victims and Survivors of Crime Week from May 29 to June 4, 2016. While reports of violent crime to police services is on the decline in Canada, domestic and… Continue Reading >>

Kathryn Borel Statement on Jian Ghomeshi

Kathryn Borel Statement on Jian Ghomeshi

Today Kathryn Borel made a statement in regards to the sexual assualt charges she made against Jian Ghomeshi. Borel’s statement highlights the ineffectiveness of Canada’s criminal legal system when it comes to the rights and safety of women. As illustrated in the Ghmoshi trial earlier this year, there was no justice for the women who… Continue Reading >>

May is Social Enterprise Month

May is Social Enterprise Month

Social Enterprise Social enterprise is a great way for Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) to connect with our community. BWSS currently runs two social enterprises: My Sister’s Closet and Strategic Interventions. BWSS social enterprises create awareness and education in our community and make it possible for us to continue to provide critical services to women… Continue Reading >>