BWSS Legal Toolkits and Manuals
Battered Women’s Support Services has written resources to support women engaged in both family and criminal court systems. Please click on the images below to download the full PDF version of the toolkit or manual.
BWSS Informational Brochures & Resources
Battered Women’s Support Services provides free and confidential services for women experiencing abuse from abusive intimate relationships, childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. We seek to empower the women who access our services, support her and work with her to resolve the issues surrounding abuse in a safe, judgement-free environment.
If you’re a woman who is enthusiastic, dependable and supportive, and if you like to listen and help others; work well within a team and believe that all violence against women must end, then we have place for you at BWSS. Volunteers are recruited and trained for various positions specific to each of BWSS’s programs and according to preferences and background.
Find out more about what we do and how much your donation can help us provide support, education and advocacy to women who have experienced abuse and to work toward the elimination of violence against women in society.
Are you a woman who is a survivor of an Indian Residential School, or a family member of a survivor of an Indian Residential School? If so, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement provides programs for survivors and their family members.
AWARE is one of the many ways that Battered Women’s Support Services works to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against girls and women. We are here to provide a safe, women-centered space providing antioppressive, anti-colonial support and services treating women as the experts in their own lives.
A woman-centred approach to managing the spectrum of needs from settlement to empowerment manual- is one of them. Though not meant to be conclusive, it is written as an exploration of ideas, to present recurring issues and to critique existing practices.
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.
The Road to Safety: Indigenous Survivors in BC Speak Out against Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the pandemic, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Battered Women’s Support Services, in partnership with the University of Victoria, engaged in a “by and for Indigenous women” community-based research project to understand, raise awareness, and advocate about the experiences of intimate partner violence that Indigenous women and gender diverse people are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 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. 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.