“We had to arrest someone! And your husband called 911 first that’s why we have to arrest you.” ~ RCMP Patrol Officer 2016

“We had to arrest someone! And your husband called 911 first that’s why we have to arrest you.” ~ RCMP Patrol Officer 2016

By Rosa Elena Arteaga and Angela Marie MacDougall 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… Continue Reading >>

Remembering December 6th and the Ongoing Action to End Violence against Women

Remembering December 6th and the Ongoing Action to End Violence against Women

  Today, December 6th the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence BWSS joined the Women’s Monument Committee and Remember Our Sisters Everywhere for the event RISE for Yazidi Women and Girls / Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at Thornton Park in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Here are a few words shared by Angela… Continue Reading >>

Metro Vancouver Transit Police and Women’s Organizations Launch Poster Campaign Raising Awareness of Sexual Harassment and Assault on Public Transportation

Metro Vancouver Transit Police and Women’s Organizations Launch Poster Campaign Raising Awareness of Sexual Harassment and Assault on Public Transportation

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release November 29, 2016 Metro Vancouver Transit Police and Women’s Organizations Launch Poster Campaign Raising Awareness of Sexual Harassment and Assault on Public Transportation Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory-After four years in the making, Metro Vancouver will now have an important tool in the effort to end sexual harassment and assault on… Continue Reading >>

Changing Women’s Lives Now, Ending Violence for Future Generations

Changing Women’s Lives Now, Ending Violence for Future Generations

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release November 24, 2016 Vancouver commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Battered Women’s Support Services – Changing Women’s Lives Now, Ending Violence for Future Generations Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory – On Friday, November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Vancouver’s Battered Women’s… Continue Reading >>

BWSS Executive Director One of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50

BWSS Executive Director One of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50

On behalf of Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) Board of Directors, I am so pleased to share that BWSS Executive Director, Angela Marie MacDougall, was recognized on November 14, 2016 as one of Vancouver Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. For almost thirty years, Angela’s work as an advocate, activist, and front-line worker has brought tangible… Continue Reading >>

Self-Care

Self-Care

Here are a few options for self-care and to deal with triggers: Assess and make decisions about how much media you want to take in. Set limits with people around you, friends, family, co-workers about talking about the trial. Make decisions to stay from social media generally or specifically the comments section on news sites… Continue Reading >>

Violence against Women and Violence against Mother Earth

Violence against Women and Violence against Mother Earth

Last year, Battered Women’s Support Services, held an event on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, 2016, called Breaking the Silos, that focused on the intersection between violence against women and violence against Mother Earth. Amnesty International has launched its new campaign based on their new report focusing on… Continue Reading >>

Commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with BWSS

Commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with BWSS

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Friday, November 25, 2016 Purchase tickets here! Commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with Battered Women’s Support Services Changing women’s lives NOW And ending violence for future generations Guess what?  It’s 2016 and there is no better time than NOW when it… Continue Reading >>

Supporting Women’s Economic Freedom

Supporting Women’s Economic Freedom

Through years of offering services to women and working with them to help them overcome the impact of violence in their lives, BWSS has learned the importance of the role economic and financial freedom plays in the lives of women leaving abusive relationships. Having the needed economic skills and support increases the likelihood that women… Continue Reading >>