BWSS continues to offer support to victims and survivors of domestic, sexual, and intimate partner violence.
Part of this ongoing support includes compiling lists of external legal resources, publications and links to external legal services. Below are quick links to many of the resources that BWSS finds useful for community workers, victims, survivors, and their advocates.
Resources for all victims and survivors
Resources for Immigrant Women
Resources for Community Workers
- The New Family Law Act and its Implications for Battered Women
- Family Law in British Columbia
- Legal Help for British Columbians (Community Worker Resource)
- Public Legal Education and Information Resource Catalogue (BC)
- JP Boyd’s Family Law Resource
- Justice Education Society of BC
- Click Law
- Community Legal Assistance Society
- Law Students Legal Assistance Program manual
- Access Justice
- BC Government Attorney General Website
- Violence against women and homelessness
- Engaging Immigrant Women In The Legal System
Resources for Indigenous Women
Resources for Youth
BWSS Publications and Toolkits
- When Battered Women Are Arrested – Overview
- When Battered Women Are Arrested – A resource for front-line workers
- When Battered Women Are Arrested – A resource for women
- Violence against Women and the Law Resource
- Toolkit for Women working with a Lawyer
- Toolkit for Lawyers working with Women
- Gender Persecution and Refugee Law Reform in Canada
- The Indian act Aboriginal Women’s Empowerment
- Addressing Violence Against Aboriginal Women
- Royal Commission on Violence Against Aboriginal Girls and Women
BWSS Informational Brochures & Resources
For Supporting Women with Precarious Immigration Status, Refugees, Refugee Claimants and Immigrant Women Facing Domestic Violence
You may be the only person your friend can trust. This pamphlet explains how you can help, provides a list of transition houses with their contact numbers, and has contact information for BWSS.
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.
More Legal Resources & Reports
The Justice Centre 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. As part of this advocacy we have written the following resources. Please click on the images below to download the full PDF version of the toolkit or manual.