Women Seeking Justice – International Women’s Day 2015

Women Seeking Justice – International Women’s Day 2015

 Battered Women’s Support Services Legal Advocacy Program Presents: Women Seeking Justice Women Seeking Justice Forum convenes a former judge, researchers, academics, lawyers, legal advocates, and feminist thinkers to illuminate pressing legal issues for women in law practice and policy including Indigenous, international, immigration, refugee, criminal, family, and poverty. Confirmed Presenters:  MC Niki Sharma – BWSS…

#TheSilentX ~ Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

#TheSilentX ~ Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Cowboy Smithx is a man of many talents. He is a writer, actor and filmmaker from the Piikani and Kainai Tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy. At Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS), we have had the change to work with him on a dating violence prevention video for our YOUth Ending Violence program. This week, our…

February 14th Women’s Memorial March 2015 – “Their Spirits Live Within Us”

February 14th Women’s Memorial March 2015 – “Their Spirits Live Within Us”

In January 1991 a woman was murdered on Powell Street in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Her murder in particular acted as a catalyst and  February 14 became a day of remembrance and mourning and this year, twenty three years later, February 14 Women’s…

Sexual Violence in Canada – An Equality Issue

Sexual Violence in Canada – An Equality Issue

by Rona Amiri, BWSS Violence Prevention Co-ordinator Violence against women continues to be a barrier preventing girls and women from living healthy, happy lives. Women who experience sexual violence in their homes, communities, workplaces and on campuses have to suffer the long-term health effects both emotionally and physically.           While the…

Police Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

Police Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

When women are victims of violence by their male partners who are also members of police services they are in a uniquely vulnerable situation. When women experiencing abuse consider police a part of their safety plan, they are entrusting the police. Women who are subject to abuse by a member of police services may actually…

25th Annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March Needs Your Help

25th Annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March Needs Your Help

“Their Spirits Live Within Us” 25th Annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March needs your help… The February 14th Women’s Memorial March began after the brutal and tragic murder of a Coast Salish woman in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Women from the community were so outraged by the manner in which she was murdered and fed…

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…