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May 25, 2017

Women’s Organization Teams Up with Art Community to Help End Violence against Women

Vancouver, B.C. – Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is Art! Vancouver’s 2017 charity of choice at their third annual international art fair May 25th through to the 28th at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Art can be an effective resource and tool for healing for women survivors of violence. The creative process has the ability to transform pain to healing. As a healing tool, art is inherently connected to advocacy; it is both universal and personal like many social issues. Artistic expression gives shape to thoughts, feelings, and ideas and often helps communicate, educate, and inform society.

BWSS is thrilled to partner with Art! Vancouver as part of the ongoing work to connect with all communities who are innovative, progressive, and ahead of change –much like the violence prevention and intervention work that happens every day on the frontlines at BWSS. Since 1979, BWSS has provided education, advocacy, and support services for women in the work towards the elimination of violence against women and girls.

In one month alone, BWSS responded to 600 calls, 70 new women accessed services, 56 women accessed legal services and 53 women now have a personalized safety plan. This fundraising and awareness collaboration with Art! Vancouver supports BWSS direct services to women survivors of violence every day on the crisis lines, in counselling, and in support groups.

“Artists are at the forefront of social and political change, they provide awareness that helps shift the way society sees social issues and lead others to take action”, said Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS Executive Director, “coming together with the art community in Vancouver is a natural progression for BWSS as the ongoing collaboration with community movements involved in social change”.



Media enquiries

Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director, Battered Women’s Support Services

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