Take back your power – Create a Safety Plan

Your safety is a priority. We know that what you’re going through is challenging and we are here for you to help you in every step of your journey.

If you’re unable to call us at this time, we hope you can consider creating a safety plan. Just as abusive partners continually shift their tactics of power and control, your safety plan is an adaptable tool to help keep you safe in your ever-changing situation.

Otherwise, please reach out anytime, 24/7:
• Call 604-687-1867 or 1-855-687-1868
• Text 604-652-1867
• Email intake@bwss.org

Incel charged as a terrorist activity

A lethal attack by a 17-year-old boy in Toronto has led to a historic first: the RCMP announced that the murder and attempted murder charges would be regarded as “terrorist activity” incited by the “incel movement.”

Incel or “involuntary celibate” is a sub-group of men’s rights activists, the movement of men based on the perception of loss of power, that somehow when women gain any sort of equity men are being oppressed. Incel forums online exist to normalize the resentment and violence, men encouraging each other to be misogynists and violent, and recognize those who make commitments to be violent to women as heroes.

My Sister’s Closet Online Store

In case you missed it, our social enterprise, My Sister’s Closet opened its doors to an online shop with a curated collection of clothes, accessories, shoes, and handbags that we know you’ll love. My Sister’s Closet has a Brother’s Corner too!

As many of you know, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) decided to temporarily close our stores and programs at both My Sister’s Closet locations. Closing My Sister’s Closet has taken a huge toll on our financial capacity as a non-profit organization. BWSS relies heavily on the funds we receive from shoppers and donors to continue supporting survivors of gender-based violence with crisis intervention, counselling, and legal advocacy.

Register for Resistance and Resurgence – Unpacking “Asian Heritage Month”

Feminists Deliver presents an online roundtable on Thursday, May 28 “Resistance and Resurgence” on decolonial, anti-oppressive, intersectional feminist leading-edge discussions on learnings from COVID 19. Brilliant panelists will be unpacking “Asian Heritage Month” from the lens of intersectional “Asian” feminists. This event will be moderated by BWSS Violence Prevention Coordinator, Rona Amiri.

We are a proud member of Feminists Deliver, a grassroots collaboration of BC-based Two-Spirit people, non-binary folks, Indigiqueer, trans women, lesbian women, and cis women and girls, and the organizations that support them.

Thank You for Making Our #GivingTuesdayNow a Success!

Thank you so much for making #GivingTuesdayNow a success! Together we raised $30,000 through our matching campaign with a generous donor!

Want to continue to support our work? With your help, we’re able to extend our crisis lines, provide legal advocacy to women, offer texting as a way to reach out to us, continue to provide counselling and employment services—to mention a few. Staying connected saves lives. 

You may donate online or call us 778-996-5451. If not at this time, thank you for helping us spread the word about our services.

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