Decolonizing and Healing Through Ceremonies

Decolonizing and Healing Through Ceremonies

By Brandy Kane, Thunder Eagle Woman BWSS Manager of Indigenous Women’s Program My ceremonial name is Thunder Eagle Woman and my colonial name is Brandy Kane. I come from St’at’imc territory located in the Interior Salish area of British Columbia. I was born and raised in East Vancouver. I am a mother, a sister, a…

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment

by Daniela Escolar and Emma Ellison, Support Group Facilitators  “Each step helped me look at my past life and understand what do I needed to do for my recovery.  People’s stories about me don’t fit anymore my internal story anymore.” This Fall 2014 BWSS began a new session of our 16 Steps for Discovery and…

The Dynamics of Power and Control After Separation in Relation to the Family Law Processes

The Dynamics of Power and Control After Separation in Relation to the Family Law Processes

by Vicky Law, BWSS Legal Advocate 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.…

Women’s Leadership for One Future Without Violence

Women’s Leadership for One Future Without Violence

Battered Women’s Support Services Commemorates 35 Years of Work to End Violence Against Women On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 180 people came out to the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, BC to acknowledge the work and leadership of Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS). “Warm greetings to all of you…

International Day to End Violence Against Women in Canada

International Day to End Violence Against Women in Canada

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Women from November 25, 2014 , continues through December 6th to on December 10th. Our ED Angela Marie MacDougall joined Sonia Sunger on Global TV to talk about the International Day to End Violence Against Women. Download and listen the postcast here. The following is a rush transcription…

Culture Shifts Recognized as Women’s Group Commemorates 35 years of Work to End Violence Against Women

Culture Shifts Recognized as Women’s Group Commemorates 35 years of Work to End Violence Against Women

A casual look at the headlines and it’s clear that violence against women continues as one of the most pressing social issues of our time and on November 25, 2014, Battered Women’s Support Services  (BWSS) commemorates 35 years of leadership in the work to end violence against women with a celebration. Over 180 guests are…

Press release: Violence Against Women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Continues

Press release: Violence Against Women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Continues

  PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release November 7, 2014 Violence Against Women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Continues Women’s Coalition calls on funders to hold agencies to account Vancouver, B.C. – After a series of sexual assaults in a co-ed shelter came to light late in 2011, a group of women-serving organizations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside…

Individuals Mobilize After Recent News About Jian Ghomeshi

Individuals Mobilize After Recent News About Jian Ghomeshi

For the past 35 years Battered Women’s Support Services has worked to end violence against women and we remember when in 1982, Margaret Mitchell MP told the Canadian House of Commons of the prevalence of wife battering and the male MP’s laughed at her.  Throughout history and today hundreds of thousands of girls and women…

MEDIA ADVISORY – Getting to the Roots:  Exploring Systemic Violence against Women in the Downtown Eastside Vancouver

MEDIA ADVISORY – Getting to the Roots: Exploring Systemic Violence against Women in the Downtown Eastside Vancouver

  For Immediate Release November 5, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY   Getting to the Roots: Exploring Systemic Violence against Women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver   A coalition of women-serving organizations will hold a press conference to release their report on violence against women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The report “Getting to The Roots” is…

Battered Women’s Support Services Strategic Interventions hosts three Trauma Workshops with Maureen McEvoy

Battered Women’s Support Services Strategic Interventions hosts three Trauma Workshops with Maureen McEvoy

Strategic Interventions is a social enterprise of BWSS. Revenue generated from training workshops goes toward facilitator fees and BWSS critical programs and services. Through Strategic Interventions, we host training and events in Vancouver, across BC and in other regions of Canada with the goal of professional development for front line workers, social service providers, advocates,…