Support for Women

Any woman who has experienced abuse in an intimate relationship, childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault may access our services.

Support for Women

Any woman who has experienced abuse in an intimate relationship, childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault may access our services.

 

Abuse takes many different forms and BWSS recognizes all types of abuse.

Every woman has the right to be safe and free from violence. BWSS provides a secure environment in which women are free to express themselves without being judged or threatened.

 

In this section:

Crisis & Intake Line

Women seeking our services are welcome to call our Crisis & Intake line at 604-687-1867. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 10-5 and Wednesday 10-8pm. The BWSS Crisis & Intake Line is staffed by trained support workers. They provide emotional support, information and referrals to community resources, specific information about coping, and to help create a safety plan for women who are dealing with violence and/or the effects of abuse.

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CRISIS LINE 604-687-1867

Counselling, Support Groups & Programs

BWSS provides long-term individual Stopping the Violence counselling for women who are currently experiencing violence and/or who are survivors of violence including childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault. BWSS also provides support to women survivors of Indian Residential Schools and/or foster care.

Additionally, BWSS is committed to offering drop-in, closed and specialized support groups to women dealing with violence and its effects. BWSS support groups provide a safe place for women to connect with each other in order to alleviate isolation, share information, raise awareness, heal by developing coping and recovery skills and plan for a life free from violence.

Indigenous Women’s Program

Battered Women’s Support Services offers culturally appropriate services run by Indigenous women for Indigenous women. The Indigenous Women’s Program offers direct services through drum groups, counselling, and different ceremonies such as full moon and sweat lodge ceremonies. We are decolonizing and healing from the trauma of colonization, the effects and intergenerational effects of residential schools, the loss of our children, and living life in a patriarchal society. By using holistic practices through traditional medicines and ceremonies, we are healing from these traumas and reclaiming our rightful roles as strong Indigenous women in our community, finding our voices and standing strong in our power.

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CRISIS LINE 604-687-1867

Victim Services Program

BWSS Victim Services Program provides direct services, legal assistance and systems based information, crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, court accompaniment and referrals to women and female youth survivors of violence in intimate relationships and/or criminal harassment.

The core services in the program are assessment and safety planning, lethality and risk assessment, and the provision of general information to women regarding the criminal justice system including crisis intervention, emotional support, assistance with filling out Crime Victim Assistance Program Forms and Victim Impact Statements. Additionally we provide information on the status of police investigation and information on the role of the various players in the justice system and the practicalities of testifying as a witness, including court preparation and witness orientation. We also provide referrals and systemic advocacy for women who are navigating the Canadian legal system.

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CRISIS LINE 604-687-1867

AWARE Program

The BWSS Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment Program (AWARE) seeks to bring the very best in service design and delivery to employment and economic development for women survivors of violence. This program recognizes and addresses unique barriers facing women and supports women who have experienced violence and abuse to move towards independence and self-reliance.

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Retail Program & Social Enterprise

One of the many ways we meet the needs of women in our community is through social enterprise. This includes our Retail Program and our thrift boutique, My Sister's Closet located at 1092 Seymour St., Vancouver. Women and men’s clothing and accessories are donated to our boutique and the proceeds go to fund the services and programs BWSS offers women.

The Retail Program and Social Enterprise provides women with volunteer experience which often increases women’s esteem, confidence, and employability. Local female artisans are also supported by having their creations sold at My Sister’s Closet. The boutique provides a safe and welcoming space for community to engage with BWSS and join our efforts in ending violence against girls and women. For more information about our Retail Program and thrift boutique, please call 604-687-0770.

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Legal Advocacy Resources & Services

The Legal Services and Advocacy Program at BWSS provides legal information, accompaniment to court and legal appointments, we appeal when legal aid has been denied and provide assistance for documents and affidavits preparation. BWSS legal services and advocacy work spans family, immigration, refugee, and criminal law as well as the Indian Act.

Information, Resources & Reports
Black Women’s Program

BWSS offers a range of support groups and specialized support groups as part of the Black Women’s Program. Participants are surrounded and supported by women who have a common and distinctive shared ancestral history without the need to censor themselves, or perform for others. This network of women comes together to bear witness and create a healing space each in other’s lives, struggles, and transformations.

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CRISIS LINE 604-687-1867

Latin American Women’s Program

At BWSS, we acknowledge the struggles of Latin American immigrant women who are fleeing violence from their native country, who may have been tortured, or undergone systemic violence and oppression. The program offers survivor assistance support, long term counselling and a support group in their own language.

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CRISIS LINE 604-687-1867

Transitions Program

Through individualized programming that builds capacity, Transitions holds a stigma free space for women’s diverse experiences to create pathways for different opportunities at a pace women are comfortable with. Transitions takes a rights based approach and meet women where they are at to best identify their needs, goals and challenges. Transitions continuous intake process helps women find what she requires for her individual situation and needs. For more information about Transitions please email transitions@bwss.org

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CRISIS LINE 604-687-1867

Volunteer Training & Opportunities

Working from a feminist, anti-oppression perspective BWSS offers our Violence Prevention and Intervention Volunteer Training Program twice a year. Through the training volunteers gain knowledge and skills in crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, community resources, and group facilitation skills to then be able to provide support to women who call our crisis line and attend some of our support groups.

We also have additional opportunities for volunteers in our office.

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Every week a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. BWSS is working to change that.