Volunteering on BWSS Crisis and Intake Line

Volunteering on BWSS Crisis and Intake Line

by Pavan K. Johal Every week I come to BWSS not knowing what kind of phone calls I would get. There were days I would feel heavy hearted for the women and their stories.  I felt compelled to help in any way possible. My volunteer back up and I would try to get any information,…

YOUth Creating Change for One Future without Violence

YOUth Creating Change for One Future without Violence

By Rona Amiri, BWSS Violence Prevention Coordinator Girls and boys who witness intimate partner violence are at greater risk for being both a victim and the perpetrator of dating violence. As girls develop emotionally, they are deeply influenced by their relationship experiences. Unhealthy, abusive and violent relationships can cause short term and long term negative…

The Power of Support Groups at BWSS

The Power of Support Groups at BWSS

by Rosa Elena Arteaga, BWSS Manager of Direct Services and Clinical Practice At Battered Women Support Services (BWSS), we have been providing specialized support groups to girls and women who experienced gendered violence for the last thirty five years. Over 3,720 girls and women access our specialized support groups every year. We are particularly motivated…

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…