Creating Transformation – Community Engagement in Prevention of Violence Against Women

Creating Transformation – Community Engagement in Prevention of Violence Against Women

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is committed to taking action and preventing violence against women.  Each year we commemorate Prevention of Violence Against Women Week held during the third week of April.  This year, during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week (April 13-19 2014), Battered Women’s Support Services will showcase our recent and ongoing collaborationsContinue Reading

Violence Against Women, Onscreen and in Real Life

Violence Against Women, Onscreen and in Real Life

by Jessica West, Practicum Student at Battered Women’s Support Services Scenes of violence against women (VAW) are ubiquitous in Hollywood: an episode of Criminal Minds features a psychopath who takes pleasure in torturing young teenage girls, an episode of CSI sees the detectives discovering the mangled body of a woman in a dumpster, an unlikeableContinue Reading

Healing Circle at Bridge River Band Office

Healing Circle at Bridge River Band Office

Please join us for a morning of healing and women’s empowerment HEALING CIRCLE at Bridge River Band Office Presented by Battered Women’s Support Services Brandy Kane and Angela Marie MacDougall would like to invite women from the community to a healing circle. Let’s spend some time together to reflect on what is important in ourContinue Reading

Healing Circle at Xaxli’p First Nations

Healing Circle at Xaxli’p First Nations

Please join us for an afternoon of healing and women’s empowerment HEALING CIRCLE at Xaxli’p First Nations Presented by Battered Women’s Support Services Brandy Kane and Angela Marie MacDougall would like to invite women from the community to a healing circle. Let’s spend some time together to reflect on what is important in our communityContinue Reading

Dating Violence in Youth Relationships

Dating Violence in Youth Relationships

Dating Violence in Youth Relationships What is it? And How Do We Prevent It? by Rona Amiri, BWSS Violence Prevention Co-ordinator What is youth dating violence? Dating violence is defined as a systematic pattern of domination where one partner uses abusive tactics to maintain power and control over the other partner and where these tacticsContinue Reading

Collaboration: Advocating for an Effective Systemic Response

Collaboration: Advocating for an Effective Systemic Response

Yesterday, over 50 women were present at Battered Women’s Support Services Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2013 held at My Sister’s Closet, community thrift boutique. Cecilia Point, Musqueam (and BWSS society member) opened the proceedings with a welcome and the Strong Woman song.  The evening featured speeches including keynote by Chief Jim Chu, Vancouver Police Department,Continue Reading

YOUth Ending Violence ~ Education Presentation Opportunity 2014

YOUth Ending Violence ~ Education Presentation Opportunity 2014

Battered Women’s Support Services Education Presentation Opportunity For 20 years Battered Women’s Support Services has delivered dating violence prevention education. YOUth Engagement in Dating Violence Prevention. Co-facilitated by a trained young woman and a young man. YOUth Ending Violence: YOUth Engagement in Dating Violence Prevention Anticipated outcomes: • A better understanding of the roots ofContinue Reading

Reproductive Justice – for real, for me, for you, for now

Reproductive Justice – for real, for me, for you, for now

By Jessica Danforth Reproductive justice saved me, I think. Beyond being a term that some might associate with various organizations or non-profit industrial complexes, or a theory that exists on paper that people still struggle to apply in real-life, discovering what RJ was and what it means today saved me. It saved me from aContinue Reading

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change Since 1909

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change Since 1909

Jessica West Practicum Student at Battered Women’s Support Services As a young woman new to the anti-violence movement, I confess that I was ignorant about the origins and purpose of International Women’s Day. This International Women’s Day (IWD) I made a commitment to rectify my ignorance by delving into the history of International Women’s Day,Continue Reading

2014 Women’s Safety and Outreach Volunteer Training

2014 Women’s Safety and Outreach Volunteer Training

Women’s Safety and Outreach Program After a successful pilot project, The Women’s Safety and Outreach Program for women and girls in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver that have experienced gender violence/abuse is re-launching for the month of April. Women and girls of the Downtown Eastside Vancouver Community experience gender violence at disproportionate rates.  Pushed to theContinue Reading