New Statistics Canada Report on Family Violence

New Statistics Canada Report on Family Violence

A new report on Family Violence in Canada is released by Statistics Canada this morning. The report highlights that there were just under 88,000 victims of family violence in Canada in 2013, according to police-reported data. This represented more than one-quarter of all violent crimes reported to police. Police-reported data also reveal that in 2013 almost 7 in 10 family violence…

Murders and disappearances of Indigenous women caused by inequality, marginalization – Canada must act to prevent violence: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Murders and disappearances of Indigenous women caused by inequality, marginalization – Canada must act to prevent violence: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Murders and disappearances of Indigenous women caused by inequality, marginalization – Canada must act to prevent violence: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (January 12, 2015) (OTTAWA and VANCOUVER) A groundbreaking investigation by the leading human rights body for the Americas points to Canada’s history of colonization, long-standing inequality, and…

Prevention and Intervention Training Program 2015 ~ Help End Violence Against Women

Prevention and Intervention Training Program 2015 ~ Help End Violence Against Women

Twice a year, BWSS offers training for self-identified women who want to volunteer on our Crisis and Intake Line to provide crisis support to women survivors of violence. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN: • Theoretical Framework of Violence Against Women • Crisis Intervention and Peer Counselling • Safety Planning • Group Facilitation and Group Design • Criminal,…

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment Support Group

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment Support Group

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment is a self-help group which can work in tandem with 12 Step programs. The group welcomes all self-identified women… • who have substance use issues or who have used substances as a coping strategy • who are seeking more empowerment in their lives • who are in a journey…

BC Coroners Service Report Confirms There’s A War On Women And The Battlefield Is In Their Homes

BC Coroners Service Report Confirms There’s A War On Women And The Battlefield Is In Their Homes

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release December 19, 2014 BC Coroners Service Report Confirms There’s a war on women and the battlefield is in their homes Vancouver, B.C.– The BC Coroners Service has made public a report examining the number of homicides resulting from intimate partner violence (IPV) over the past decade. The statistics cover the…

Healing Takes Time, but It’s Worth It!

Healing Takes Time, but It’s Worth It!

Healing Takes Time, but It’s Worth It!  Sara’s Journey You may not often get to hear about the strength and resilience of women survivors of violence. At BWSS, we are always very cautious about sharing the experiences of women who access our services because of our ethics and commitment to confidentiality. We have the permission…

International Human Rights Day ~ Resisting the Backlash Against Women’s Human Rights

International Human Rights Day ~ Resisting the Backlash Against Women’s Human Rights

by Ela Esra Gunad BWSS Manager of Communications and Resource Development December 10th is International Human Rights Day, a day to bring attention to the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that states each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights which belong equally to each…

Chronic Pain Self-Management ~ BWSS Indigenous Women’s Program

Chronic Pain Self-Management ~ BWSS Indigenous Women’s Program

This is a 6 week program for women living with chronic pain to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. Participants will receive: • The Companion book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”. • The “Chronic Pain Workbook” • The “Moving Easy” CD. Participants should attend all six sessions to get the maximum…

A Space for Every Woman to Grow

A Space for Every Woman to Grow

By Faiza Khalil BWSS Crisis Line Volunteer As a recent UBC graduate looking for opportunities with an altruistic, progressive, and socially responsible organization, I came across Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) two years ago. Since then I have  become very passionate about being involved in ending violence against girls and women. My journey at BWSS…