Publications


INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCES


Indian Residential Schools

Are you a woman who is a survivor of an Indian Residential School, or a family member of a survivor of an Indian Residential School? If so, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement provides programs for survivors and their family members.

Click Here to Download our Indian Residential School Brochure


BWSS INFORMATIONAL BROCHURES


 

Help Us To Empower Women Who Experience Violence

Find out more about what we do and how much your donation can help us provide support, education and advocacy to women who have experienced abuse and to work toward the elimination of violence against women in society.

Click Here to Download our Fundraising Brochure


Empowering Women, Strengthening Communities

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) provides free and confidential services for women experiencing abuse from abusive intimate relationships, childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. We seek to empower the women who access our services, support her and work with her to resolve the issues surrounding abuse in a safe, judgement-free environment.

Click Here to Download our Empowering Women Brochure



How Can I Help My Friend?

Remember: You may be the only person your friend can trust. Be attentive, believe what she says, tell her you care, and show her you are willing to help. This pamphlet explains how you can help and provides a list of transition houses with their contact numbers as well as contact information for BWSS.

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Click Here to Download our How Can I Help My Friend Brochure


Volunteer Opportunities for Women

If you’re a woman who is enthusiastic, dependable and supportive, and if you like to listen and help others; work well within a team and believe that all violence against women must end, then we have place for you at BWSS. Volunteers are recruited and trained for various positions specific to each of BWSS’s programs and according to preferences and background.

Click Here to Download our Volunteer Opportunities for Women Brochure



Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment (AWARE)

AWARE is one of the many ways that Battered Women’s Support Services works to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against girls and women. We are here to provide a safe, women-centered space providing antioppressive, anti-colonial support and services treating women as the experts in their own lives.

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Click Here to Download our Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment


Wallet Size Card of Resource Contact Numbers for Women Facing Abuse

 

You deserve to live free from abuse. Contact BWSS with any question and we’ll support you to find solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here to Download our Women’s Resource Card

 


TRAINING AND RESOURCES


 

The Resource Manual for Front-Line Workers

violence against women and the law

With information, analysis & practical tools, this manual is designed to enhance knowledge and strengthen skills of the women & men who are the first point of contact to comprehensively meet the needs of refugee and immigrant women. From a women-centred lens The Resource Manual situates the work with Refugee and Immigrant women who experience violence within a global analysis and patterns of human migration. It reviews the interconnections of human oppression from colonialism to violence against women to further contextualize interventions and prevention.


The Resource Manual for lawyers working with battered immigrant women

toolkit for lawyers working with battered immigrant women

The lawyers’ toolkit provides lawyers with practical tools which will foster effective communication with and legal representation of battered Immigrant women. The toolkit emphasizes the importance of placing women within a larger social context by providing a broad analysis of the various social and psychological factors impacting Immigrant women’s lives. More importantly, this resource offers practical tools and strategies for lawyers.


The Resource Manual for immigrant women working with a lawyer

toolkit for immigrant women working with a lawyer

 

The Toolkit for Immigrant Women Working with a Lawyer provides practical tips and tools for Immigrant women working with lawyers. The toolkit is framed in the cultural background of Immigrant women; it is designed to be accessible and informative. Currently the toolkit will be translated into Farsi, Spanish and Punjabi.

 

 

 


When Battered Women are Arrested: A Growing Problem

 

In recent years, Battered Women’s Support Services has become increasingly alarmed by the growing number of women accessing our services who have been arrested for allegedly perpetrating domestic violence against their partners. In our experience these arrests are occurring despite the fact that in all cases women were in relationships where they were being abused.

BWSS has written resources in response to this growing problem which are now available.

 


When Battered Women are Arrested- a Toolkit for Front Line Workers

A growing number of women accessing our services have been arrested for allegedly perpetrating domestic violence against their partners. In our experience these arrests are occurring despite the fact that in all cases women were in relationships where they were being abused.

Given the increasing prevalence of woman arrest and the dire consequences of being arrested, it is critical that advocates are proactive in assisting women who have been arrested, and that these women are provided with appropriate information, support and advocacy. This tool is designed to assist advocates to provide these services

 


When Battered Women are Arrested: A Growing Problem

 

 

 

 

Farsi version

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Punjabi version
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When Battered Women are Arrested: A Growing Problem

 

 

 

Spanish version

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Violence Against Non Status, Refugee and Immigrant Women

 

BWSS has embarked on several initiatives to facilitate change in our communities and to end violence against women. Empowering Non-Status, Refugee and Immigrant Women (NSRIW) Who Experience Violence – A woman-centred approach to managing the spectrum of needs from settlement to empowerment manual- is one of them. Though not meant to be conclusive, it is written as an exploration of ideas, to present recurring issues and to critique existing practices.

 

 


Gender Persecution and Refugee Law Reform in Canada

Our refugee system is going to fundamentally change over the next year to 2012.  Battered Women’s Support Services has identified that the changes will make it more difficult for women fleeing gender-related persecution.

 

The amendments to IRPA under Bill C-11 and the proposed regulations is a major shift in our refugee determination process.