“The life I’ve lost” – Violence against Women Knows No Age Limit

“The life I’ve lost” – Violence against Women Knows No Age Limit

1,400 senior women in BC call us annually. “The life I’ve lost.” Those were Maryann’s words the first time we met her. Maryann’s husband had recently died – a man who had viciously abused her since they were married when she was just seventeen. You can imagine how painful it was for Maryann to reflect… Continue Reading >>

Prevention of Violence Against Women Week | April 18 – 22

Prevention of Violence Against Women Week | April 18 – 22

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) will commemorate Prevention of Violence Against Women Week again this year by engaging the community in violence prevention through the following events: CORE Training for Front-line Workers Five day multi-media skill based training to support front line workers in their work to end violence against women April 18 – 22,… Continue Reading >>

CORE Training Update

CORE Training Update

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) Strategic Interventions CORE Training is officially sold out. Although training is sold out, those who are interested can still register for the wait list and will be informed if a spot becomes available.  Register For The Wait-List CORE Training is an interactive, five day professional development opportunity for front-line workers,… Continue Reading >>

Transformation  A Body and Mind Support Program for Women

Transformation A Body and Mind Support Program for Women

Battered Women’s Support Service is so pleased to announce a new direction in healing for women survivors of violence Through the support of our generous donors BWSS has envisioned Transformation Transformation A Body and Mind Support Program for Women Since 1979, Battered Women’s Support Services has provided specialized support group for girls and women who… Continue Reading >>

Transit Tuesday: BWSS Announces Compass Card Safety Resource For Women

Transit Tuesday: BWSS Announces Compass Card Safety Resource For Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TRANSIT TUESDAY: LOCAL WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES COMPASS CARD SAFETY RESOURCE FOR WOMEN Vancouver, BC- April 5, 2016 –   Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) will share Compass Card Safety Resource for women at Broadway and Commercial skytrain station and online through #TransitTuesday. BWSS shared its concerns about the compass card transit system and… Continue Reading >>

Teenage Girls and Boys Await Instructions after Jian Ghomeshi Verdict

Teenage Girls and Boys Await Instructions after Jian Ghomeshi Verdict

As Violence Prevention Co-ordinator at BWSS I get to speak to teenage girls and boys about dating violence and date rape.  It is incredible how much young people already know about the prevalence of dating violence and date rape… even children in grade seven or younger. When the Jian Ghomeshi ‘not guilty’ verdict came down,… Continue Reading >>

Amplifying Our Voices: Call Out To Women

Amplifying Our Voices: Call Out To Women

We at BWSS are aware that there are currently at least four “serial-type” stranger sexual assaults reported in the Metro Vancouver area, UBC, Vancouver and Burnaby.  Last night in Burnaby, there was a community meeting about safety after sexual assaults.  The majority of the audience were women and we heard a lot of dissatisfaction with… Continue Reading >>

What the Ghomeshi Verdict Tells us About the Criminal Justice System and Sexual Assault

What the Ghomeshi Verdict Tells us About the Criminal Justice System and Sexual Assault

The Jian Ghomeshi trial and verdict reminds us that rape culture persists in Canada. Conviction rates for sexual assaults in Canada are 0.3 % and the Ghomeshi verdict is another case that falls under this deficiency. It is no longer sufficient to have national conversations about the lack of justice for survivors of sexual assault.… Continue Reading >>

A Heartfelt Thanks

A Heartfelt Thanks

Yesterday was our annual volunteer recognition dinner which is held every year during the week of International Women’s Day. The recognition dinner is an opportunity for us to honour the significant contributions our volunteers have made through crisis and victim services, advocacy and violence prevention work. 80 of our volunteers attended an amazing night of… Continue Reading >>

Women Artisans at My Sister’s Closet, a social enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services

Women Artisans at My Sister’s Closet, a social enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services

Ever since 1909, International Women’s Day (originally called International Working Women’s Day) has been celebrated and depending on the region the focus of the celebrations range from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women for their economic, political, and social achievements. At Battered Women’s Support Services and our social enterprise My Sister’s Closet,… Continue Reading >>