Let’s talk about protection orders in British Columbia. 

Over 24 women in BC were victims of femicide in 2022 alone. This is almost double from an average of 12 women per year between 2010 and 2015.

In response, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) conducted two surveys to better understand the challenges and barriers that survivors’ and front-line workers’ experience with obtaining and seeking enforcement of family law protection orders and peace bonds in British Columbia.

“We know from our experience on the frontlines that women face numerous challenges and barriers to obtaining family law protection orders and peace bonds.” Says Summer-Rain Legal Advocate and Indigenous Justice Lead, Justice Centre at BWSS, “These surveys come at a critical time of rising rates of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and femicide in BC.”

A year later, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) announces the launch of latest research, “Justice or ‘Just’ a Piece of Paper.”

The results from this study will inform broader law reform and systemic change including legal, policy and police reform, public education and awareness campaigns, and training programs for survivors and the anti-violence workers who support them.

The report, “Justice or ‘Just’ a Piece of Paper” covers topics including, but not limited to: intimate partner violence; domestic violence; sexualized violence; and other forms of gender-based violence. It also covers family law Protection Orders, Peace Bonds, police responses and the legal system as it relates to violence against women and gender-based violence.

BWSS invites you to join us at our launch event on Wednesday, June 19th from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event offers hybrid attendance options, allowing participants to join either in person or virtually.

Learn more about the initial surveys. 

Event Details


Wednesday, June 19, 2024


10 AM to 2 PM


The event offers hybrid attendance options, allowing participants to join either in person or virtually.

  • Location of Virtual: Zoom
  • Location of In Person: 301-1522 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
    • Capacity for the In Person Event has been reached. You are still welcome to join virtually! 

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