National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls “Where We Are At”

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls “Where We Are At”

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and Girls “Where We Are At” On December 8, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the launch of an inquiry to seek recommendations on concrete actions to address and prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls. The Mandate of the Commissioners: The commissioners are required to examine… Continue Reading >>

Responding to Trauma: Journeying with Art Therapy to Build Spaces of Justice and Dignity

Responding to Trauma: Journeying with Art Therapy to Build Spaces of Justice and Dignity

On April 27th, Battered Women’s Support Services facilitated a workshop called “Responding to Trauma: Journeying with Art Therapy to Build Spaces of Justice and Dignity” for women counsellors, therapist, and front line workers. The workshop was lead by Jacqueline Sigg a gender, social justice and human rights informed psychotherapist. She has a strong commitment to… Continue Reading >>

The Fight for Women’s Equal Access to Legal Aid is going to Court

The Fight for Women’s Equal Access to Legal Aid is going to Court

The Province of BC has a constitutional responsibility to ensure that access to justice is possible for all of its constituents. The Legal Services Society was created to help uphold that constitutional duty. The Single Mothers Alliance B.C., West Coast LEAF and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre have launched a constitutional challenge against the… Continue Reading >>

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 >>

Art, Advocacy and Social Change

Art, Advocacy and Social Change

Art is Inherently Connected to Advocacy and Social Change 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.… 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 >>