Support women’s access to justice and family law this International Women’s Day.


Learn about the barriers to women’s access to justice in the legal system.

It is commonly known that violence escalates when a woman decides to separate from her abusive partner. After separation, an abusive partner will try to maintain his power and control through many ways. One form of control usually appears in the family law process, especially when children are involved. Read more about the barriers here.

Meet our Legal Advocate

Mayra Albuquerque is the Legal Advocate in the Legal Services and Advocacy Program (LSAP) Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS).

LSAP at BWSS provides legal support to women who have experienced violence in intimate relationships helping women navigate the Canadian legal system. Learn more about LSAP here.

Advocate for women’s access to justice in the legal system

Domestic homicide is Predictable and PreventableOver 80% of women accessing our services identify at least one legal issue where they require information. Email to gain updates on access to justice issues and you can advocate.



Donate to help increase women’s access to justice in their legal cases

With the support of our Legal Services and Advocacy Program women are able to leave their abusive relationship, receive more fair custody and access orders increasing the safety for the children and have access to legal representation in their legal cases.

If you would like to support women’s access to justice please make a donation today.


Access to justice work by our partners and government


B.C., Attorney General, David Eby, has released a report developed by practising lawyer Jamie Maclaren, QC, with recommendations to improve legal aid service delivery in British Columbia. Read the report here.




West Coast LEAF is representing the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and Nicole Bell, a Fraser Valley, B.C. woman who is personally affected by the inability to access family law legal aid, in a constitutional challenge against the province and the LSS.



The Jane Doe Network is a coalition of advocates, lawyers and community based organizations who meet to discuss community needs and take action on issues of equality, gender based violence and systemic change. For more information or to join Jane Doe Network email