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 >>

Honouring Frances Wasserlein on International Women’s Day 2016

Honouring Frances Wasserlein on International Women’s Day 2016

Battered Women’s Support Services honours one of our founding members Frances Jane Wasserlein, was an extraordinary and prominent Vancouver women’s and LGBTQ rights activist and arts administrator, who passed to the spirit world recently at her home at the Sunshine Coast’s Halfmoon Bay. She was 69. Frances was born in San Francisco and moved to… Continue Reading >>

Strategic Interventions – CORE Training

Strategic Interventions – CORE Training

Battered Women Support Services Presents… CORE Training For Spring 2016, Battered Women’s Support Services is offering CORE Training as a five-day program of study through our Strategic Interventions Training for service providers. Delivered by trained facilitators who work from an empowerment model and from a feminist, anti-oppression perspective, our CORE Training will cover essential topics… Continue Reading >>

Violence Against Senior Women

Violence Against Senior Women

Much has been written about violence against women, teen dating violence and about elder abuse. The invisibility of the abuse of senior women is what Battered Women’s Support Services seeks to change.  Annually, approximately 1,400 senior women reach out to BWSS looking for assistance because of an abusive situation within a current relationship with a… Continue Reading >>

Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Submission regarding National Inquiry Design

Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Submission regarding National Inquiry Design

Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Submission regarding National Inquiry Design February 13, 2016 In response to the invitation to participate in the pre-inquiry process, below we have set out some of the Coalition’s key recommendations with respect to the discussion questions provided. This submission builds on the 9-point document that the… Continue Reading >>

Sexual Violence and Disclosures

Sexual Violence and Disclosures

Sexual Violence and Disclosures many women who access BWSS say that sexual abuse is an ongoing part of their intimate relationships In all situations of sexual violence, the responses to initial disclosures influence the recovery process and outcomes for survivors. As services providers, allies, and community members it is important to create an environment where… Continue Reading >>

“Their Spirits Live Within Us” 26th Annual Women’s Memorial March

“Their Spirits Live Within Us” 26th Annual Women’s Memorial March

“Their Spirits Live Within Us” Join Battered Women’s Support Services on Sunday, February 14th for the 26th Annual Women’s Memorial March. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters in Downtown Eastside Vancouver and to dedicate ourselves to justice. Here’s more about the… Continue Reading >>

#SurvivorLoveLetter

#SurvivorLoveLetter

#SurvivorLoveLetter started as a call to survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones to publicly celebrate life and living. Through sharing stories of survival #SurvivorLoveLetter seeks to build knowledge and reflect on ways we heal ourselves and our communities. February 14th is known around the world as Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day customs have evolved… Continue Reading >>

#UseTheRightWords

#UseTheRightWords

Encouraging social media users to UseTheRightWords While increased media coverage of violence against women is needed to create awareness, it can be problematic when coverage misrepresents reality. For example, at times rape is reported as “sex” and there are hierarchies around who is considered a “worthy victim”. Words like “alleged” and “claimed” are overused and… Continue Reading >>

A few ways to deal with coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial

A few ways to deal with coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial

As Jian Ghomeshi’s trial began Monday, February 1, 2016, the first of two sexual assault trials taking place in Toronto, we are beginning to see a rash of articles and think pieces about Ghomeshi’s career, about how the trial could be for the complainants, about sexual violence in Canada and rape culture, and about woman… Continue Reading >>