94,736 is the number of times someone experiencing domestic or sexualized violence has reached out to us since March 2020.

Just like you, when the covid-19 pandemic hit we knew it would dramatically change the world by making it harder for anyone living with an abusive partner. And with your generous financial support we moved quickly to turn our crisis line into a 24/7 lifeline. This month, as we reflect on the past two years of working around the clock on the frontline, we are humbled by the resilience and tenacity of the callers to our crisis line.

As the first point of contact, a caller to our crisis line is connected to the matrix of support and advocacy services staffed by determined team of volunteers and staff.

Support Services that include individualized crisis intervention, emergency housing, accompaniment, assistance with police statements, and support in languages other than English.

Advocacy that includes how to survive a housing crisis, preparation for and accompaniment to family and immigration law hearings, access to lawyers that specialize in family, immigration, and child welfare.

Specialized services for Indigenous, Black, Latin American and Immigrant survivors, as well as, support for seniors and youth.

Employment services to increase economic independence and financial freedom away from the financial grip so many abusive partners wield.

“The crisis line is my lifeline”Crisis line caller, 2022

94,736 phew, it brings tears to our eyes to reflect on every single person who has accessed BWSS since March 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022. Knowing that with the comprehensive service matrix at BWSS each caller has had the chance to move through victimization, to be a survivor and even to thrive.

Thank you so much for being with us on this journey.

94,736 and counting…

We’re not stopping here. This life saving work continues, and we need your support to keep it going.

Join Erin, Sarah, Kirstin, Hernandos, Salty B, and others for Summer 2022 Sweat to Support Survivors Challenge.

Sweat to Support Survivors is an incredible way to take action on domestic violence and sexualized violence in our communities. The Summer 2022 challenge goes from July 15th to August 15th and the goal is to raise $50,000.

This fun summer challenge is all up to you, choose your challenge (walk, swim, hike, run) and time length (a day, week, a month).

Then register and “Join as Individual” or “Create a Team”. Once your page is created you can begin sharing. Ask your family, friends, co-workers, to sponsor you through your fundraising page (all donations go to BWSS and tax receipts are issued immediately).

For more information on Sweat to Support Survivors email samantha@bwss.org