Are you in a healthy relationship?

Are you in a healthy relationship?

Being in a healthy relationship means… Taking care of yourself before and while in a relationship Respecting individuality, embracing differences and allowing each person to “be themselves” Doing things with friends and family and having activities independent of each other Discussing things, allowing for differences of opinion, and compromising equally Expressing and listening to each… Continue Reading >>

Healing Ourselves, Healing our Communities

Healing Ourselves, Healing our Communities

BWSS Indigenous Women’s Program in collaboration with Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre hosts: Healing Ourselves, Healing our Communities Series A Drum Making Workshop for women with Jody Jones (Red Sweet Grass Woman). Connecting to the heartbeat of Mother Earth through teachings and a workshop to make a personal hand drum. On Sunday, February 19th 2017… Continue Reading >>

Consortium Formed to Support Sex Workers to Transition, Exit or Retire from Sex Industry

Consortium Formed to Support Sex Workers to Transition, Exit or Retire from Sex Industry

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release January 5, 2017 Consortium Formed to Support Sex Workers to Transition, Exit or Retire from Sex Industry Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver has among North America’s largest sex worker populations, yet there are currently no services explicitly and exclusively designed to assist sex workers in transitioning from sex work involvement to… Continue Reading >>

BWSS Strengthen Connections and Taking Action at Canadian Council for Refugees Consultation

BWSS Strengthen Connections and Taking Action at Canadian Council for Refugees Consultation

By Daniela Escolar From November 24th to 26 2016 I attended a CCR consultation meeting in Montreal as the BWSS representative. The CCR has more the 180 member organizations. Among them organizations that work on settlement, advocacy, refugee mental health and women’s organizations. It was interesting to hear from other refugee and Immigrant rights advocates/activists… Continue Reading >>

Your Power, Your Dollar, Your Voice

Your Power, Your Dollar, Your Voice

Buy Local and Social When you’re looking to make a difference, there are a variety of ways you can use your power, your dollar, and your voice. At the moment, our society is driven by consumerism.  An excellent way to benefit your own budget, contribute to healthier environment, and get your shopping done is to… Continue Reading >>

Battered Women Who Have Been Arrested

Battered Women Who Have Been Arrested

Back in 2008, Battered Women’s Support Services confronted the growing problem of police services misapplying “pro-arrest” policies and criminalizing battered women for self-defending in domestic violence situations. We came to this confrontation authentically when we began supporting a growing number of women who were arrested for allegedly perpetrating domestic violence against their male partner and… Continue Reading >>

BC Auditor General Report on #MWCI and Open Letter to #MMIW Commissioners

BC Auditor General Report on #MWCI and Open Letter to #MMIW Commissioners

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS), as a member of the February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee, pushed for an effective process during the BC Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in 2012. In 2015, BWSS met with the Office of the Auditor General of BC to follow up on recommendations made during BC’s Commission of Inquiry.… Continue Reading >>

Transformations: A Mind and Body Support Program

Transformations: A Mind and Body Support Program

Over 3,000 girls, women and senior women attend Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) groups every year. Since 1979, BWSS has provided specialized support groups for girls and women who experience gender violence.  At any given time BWSS provides ten unique specialized support groups and four drop-in groups. Those who attend our support groups report the… Continue Reading >>