Our Impact

Battered Women’s Support Services provides education, advocacy, and support services to assist all women in its aim to work towards the elimination of gender based violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promotes gender equity.

BWSS responded to over 31,959 requests for services in 2019-2020

In just one year we significantly increased our impact and capacity to support women, girls, and gender-diverse folks. Our community response is as follows:

6,283 calls answered between March 18 and June 30, 2020

28,430 Volunteer hours

3,183 participants took part in our 159 community workshops

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24/7 Crisis & Intake Line

We scaled up our crisis line to 24/7 due to a drastic increase in calls.

New Callers

40% of callers are reaching out for the first time, indicating a surge of domestic violence escalation

Volunteer Training

We increased our training sessions from 2 to 3 sessions in 2020.

Online Training

In our largest cohorts yet we trained a total of 143 volunteers online.

Calls to the BWSS Crisis and Intake Line

2020 Calls to BWSS Crisis Line

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50% of calls were from the Vancouver area

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15% of calls were from Canadian Provinces other than BC or ON

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5% of calls were from Ontario

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25% of calls were from the rest of British Columbia

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5% of calls were International

BWSS Provides

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24/7 Crisis & Intake Line

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Indigenous Women’s Program

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My Sister’s Closet

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Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment (AWARE) Program

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Counselling and Victim Services

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Black Women’s Program

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Legal Services, Advocacy, and Law Reform

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Professional Presentations and Training

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Safety Changes Everything Outreach Team

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Latin American Women’s Program

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Violence Prevention & Intervention Volunteer Training

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Research and Policy Analysis

You can help us continue to offer these life-saving services

We respond to over 10,000 requests for service annually. 100% of your donation will go toward ending violence against women and girls

Our Impact

Battered Women’s Support Services provides education, advocacy, and support services to assist all women in its aim to work towards the elimination of gender based violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promotes gender equity.
Every week a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. BWSS is working to change that.