10 Week Support Group for Women

A healing space for women who have experienced abuse in an intimate relationship to share their experiences, strengths, skills, and knowledge.

This support group is made to create a safe environment where women are provided with support and information about self-awareness, assertiveness skills, understanding and managing emotions, abusive relationships, and fulfilling relationships.

Participants in this support group will:

• Start reducing isolation
• Obtain information, emotional support, and resources
• Learn about the impacts of intimate abuse and violence

WEDNESDAYS
6:00 TO 7:45 PM
Starting May 13th, 2015

To register or get more information call the Crisis and Intake Line at 604.687.1867.
Assistance with bus tickets is available.

BWSS 10W Support MAY2015 POSTER_3You can download the poster here.

To learn more about BWSS support groups, please visit this page.

Intrinsic to women’s empowerment, support groups at BWSS are made possible with the financial contributions from people like you.

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16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment Support Group

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment is a self-help group which can work in tandem with 12 Step programs.

The group welcomes all self-identified women…
• who have substance use issues or who have used substances as a coping strategy
• who are seeking more empowerment in their lives
• who are in a journey of self-discovery
• who are interested in exploring healthier relationships

Abstinence from substance use is not required in order to attend.

Every Thursday  1PM – 3 PM

Starting January 28 2016
Each week we explore a step to help us in the journey of self awareness, self discovery and resilience. This is a closed support group and we will be accepting new participants within the first three weeks. At its core, this model is based on love, not fear, internal control not external authoritarianism, affirmation not deflation and trust in the ability of people to find their own healing path when given education, support, hope and choices*.

For more information and/or to join the group, please call 604.687.1867 or email [email protected]

You can download poster here

To learn more about BWSS support groups, please visit this page.

Intrinsic to women’s empowerment, support groups at BWSS are made possible with the financial contributions from people like you.

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* Charlotte Kasl http://charlottekasl.com/16-step-program/

16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment

by Daniela Escolar and Emma Ellison, Support Group Facilitators

 “Each step helped me look at my past life and understand what do I needed to do for my recovery.  People’s stories about me don’t fit anymore my internal story anymore.”

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This Fall 2014 BWSS began a new session of our 16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment support group. Based on the 16-step model developed by Charlotte Kasl, this group offers a self-affirming, wholistic, and empowering approach to support women on their journeys of self-discovery, personal growth, and working through the impact of violence.

This group is designed to support women in finding more safety and power in their lives, expand their definition of self beyond the stigmatized definitions they may be carrying, understand internalized oppression, validate positive survival intentions underlying addictive behaviours, and explore preferred ways to meet these needs.

“I received compassion for my struggles. Gained more insight and self-awareness about why I think and act the way I do so I’m less confused and ashamed of my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors”

Women participating in the group shared that they hoped to find a space for open-minded and open-hearted conversations, develop their skills for coping with the impacts of trauma, and develop tools for managing behaviors that are no longer helpful.  Women also hoped to develop new tools to cope with feelings of pain, fear, stress, and oppression and increase their confidence, self-love, and personal power.

“It was a relief to be listened to without judgment and not being ‘rescued’.”

“I felt free to be vulnerable, becoming more and more comfortable with being myself, and being at the place where I’m at in this moment in my life.”

Every group begins with each participant sharing something new or positive that she did over the past week.  In celebrating these often unacknowledged acts of personal power in their daily lives, women affirm each other’s and their own strength and creativity.  Each week, participants discuss one step and explore how it relates to their lives and how it fits with their own sense of internal wisdom. Together, the participants and facilitators foster a flexible, creative, and open space for women to think for themselves and find their own path to healing and empowerment.

“The most important thing for me was that I’m allowed to affirm that I (we) will have the power to take charge of my (our) life (lives) and stop being dependent on other people for my (our) self-esteem and security.”

The 16 Step approach views women in their wholeness – mind, body, spirit, and within a social context – and holds each woman’s inner voice as the ultimate source of wisdom.  We start from the perspective that each woman is the expert in her own life, with innate knowledge, creativity, and skills to support her healing and guide her journey.

“I feel lighter, more aware of myself and hopeful in my journey.”

For many women, this is new and refreshing approach to healing from abuse and working through addictions.  Their skills for surviving trauma under oppressive and harmful conditions have often been overlooked, devalued, shamed, and stigmatized by mental health systems, treatment programs, society, and religion.  The 16 Step model offers a strength-based approach for women to understand themselves, their experiences, and their skills for navigating the world around them, which challenges dominant stories of guilt, personal blame, and condemnation.  Recognizing the amazing creativity and abilities that women have used in order to survive horrendous trauma brings a whole new perspective to stigmatized addictive behaviours such as substance use.

“I can put shame and guilt down and walk away from it.”

Women have shared that attending this group impacted them positively. The group helped them to validate and learn to love themselves; it normalized their experience; helped them to leave behind guilt and shame, understanding that they have done the very best that they knew in order to survive; process grief; have more compassion and understanding for themselves; reconnect with their bodies and with their chosen spirituality; and start healing broken relationships and feel hope.

For more information and/or to join 16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment support group, please call 604.687.1867 or email [email protected].

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Read more about our 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign:

International Day to End Violence Against Women in Canada

Culture Shifts Recognized as Women’s Group Commemorates 35 years of Work to End Violence Against Women

Women’s Leadership for One Future Without Violence

The Dynamics of Power and Control After Separation in Relation to the Family Law Processes

Intrinsic to women’s empowerment, support groups at BWSS are made possible with the financial contributions from people like you.

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Surviving to Thriving: LBT*2SQ Women’s 10 Week Support Group

This group will support participants to:
• gain a greater understanding of their lives and relationships as LBT*2SQ women
• explore myths and realities about abuse and their impacts on LBT*2SQ women
• recognize the dynamics of intimate partner violence and explore skills to build the relationships they desire
• reduce isolation, make new connections, and share their voice in a supportive environment

Topics will include: forms of abuse, impacts of abuse, personal values, relationships, sex and sexuality, emotions, community, and more.

Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 PM
10 weeks Apr 2 to Jun 4, 2014

This is a support group for self-identified Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*, Two Spirit and Queer Women who have experienced or are experiencing the impacts of violence and abuse, including intimate partner violence
and childhood sexual abuse.

Before registering for this group, all interested participants will be invited to an initial meet-up with the facilitators to assess safety concerns and how we can best ensure safety, support, and confidentiality.

Location: Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver (for confidentiality purposes please call us to obtain the address)
Assistance with bus tickets is available.

For more information and/or to join the group, please call Emma 604.687.1868 ext:317 or email [email protected]

BWSS Surviving-Thriving Support POSTER_FYou can download the poster here.

To learn more about BWSS support groups, please visit this page.

Intrinsic to women’s empowerment, support groups at BWSS are made possible with the financial contributions from people like you.

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Grupo de apoyo para mujeres en Español

Grupo de apoyo para mujeres en Español
Este grupo ofrecerá:

  • Un espacio seguro para que las participantes compartan sus experiencias y obtengan apoyo.
  • Orientación para que las participantes desarrollen su autoestima y empoderamiento.
  • Conversaciones sobre relaciones sanas y sobre como el abuso nos afecta a nosotras, a nuestras familias y a nuestra comunidad.

¡Y mucho mas!

Todos los lunes, empezando el lunes 17 de Febrero de 2014
10 am a 12 pm

PARA MAS INFORMACION y obtener nuestra dirección confidencial favor de llamar a Daniela al:604.687.1868 ext. 316 o por email:[email protected]

Este grupo es para mujeres que sufren o que han sufrido en el pasado de abuso emocional, físico sexual o económico.
Se proveera un refrigerio y ayuda para transporte.

BWSS LatinWomen Poster_Spanish JAN-17-2014_F2You can download the poster here.

To learn more about BWSS support groups, please visit this page.

Intrinsic to women’s empowerment, support groups at BWSS are made possible with the financial contributions from people like you.

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