New Resource for Anti-Violence Programs
Safety Planning Across Culture and Community:
A Guide for Front Line Violence Against Women Responders
This new and innovative educational resource informs anti-violence workers and social service practitioners about lethality risk and safety factors for diverse populations.
Developed by EVA BC, this guide provides in-depth information on the specific risk and safety factors relevant to groups of women who are disproportionately victimized and murdered. It includes dedicated sections on risk identification and safety planning with Aboriginal women, those who are immigrants or refugees, older and younger women, sex workers, women with disabilities, lesbian, bisexual and queer women and trans people. An original aspect of this resource is that people who identify with each of the marginalized groups whose safety needs are addressed are its authors.
The Ending Violence Association of BC would like to acknowledge Department of Justice Canada, BC Ministry of Justice and the BC Government and Service Employees' Union for financial support that made this resource possible.
EVA BC's 2013 Annual Training and Prevention Symposium Click here to visit our 2013 Annual Training and Prevention Symposium page. The forum, "Breaking the Silence: A Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Symposium" takes place on November 28th and 29th, 2013. A Pre-Symposium Training Day: "Family Law and Related Issues" takes place on November 27th.
We look forward to seeing you in November!
Consultation on Victims' Bill of Rights
In July 2013, the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Federal Department of Justice Consultation on the proposed Victims' Bill of Rights in Vancouver on July 15, 2013. As part of the consultation process, EVA BC also developed a written submission in August 2013 outlining its recommendations.
SOS Response App
EVA BC Launches Pilot Project in 5 BC Communities
To download a backgrounder on the project, click here
To view a video from TELUS Optik TV about the SOS Response App, click here
2013 BC Election Package - Party Responses
Election day is fast approaching! We invited the four major political parties running for office (BC Liberals, BC NDP, BC Conservatives, BC Green Party) to respond to questions focused on the current condition of services and supports for women and children who have experienced violence.
Interested to see what the parties had to say?
Click here for the run down.
BC Government Supports
Be More Than a Bystander for Another Year!
To view a short video of the media conference » https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrTeFOMHSEA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
At a media conference held at BC Place on April 4, 2013, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and the BC Ministry of Justice announced they are extending their funding support for the youth education component of the Be More Than a Bystander program! EVA BC and the BC Lions were on hand to welcome the announcements made by the Minister of Children and Family Development, the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, and Minister of Justice, the Honourable Shirley Bond.
Over the last two years, BC Lions players have visited 40 secondary schools throughout BC and reached over 29,000 youth through interactive workshops and presentations. The program educates and empowers students to speak up about gender-based violence and break the silence on violence against women.
EVA BC Goes to the UN!
EVA BC Executive Director Tracy Porteous and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister for Status of Women Canada, participate in the panel on "Engaging Men and Boys in Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls" at the 57th session of UNCSW, March 2013.
During the first week of March 2013, EVA BC's Executive Director Tracy Porteous travelled to New York as part of the Canadian delegation to the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The theme of this year's session was "The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls". From March 4th to March 15th, 6,000 participants from all over the world came together at the United Nations in New York for the largest international meeting on violence against women to ever take place.
Highlighting "Be More Than a Bystander"
On March 5th, Tracy delivered a presentation in the session "Engaging Men and Boys in Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls" that highlighted the work of the "Be More Than A Bystander" campaign, our partnership with the BC Lions Football Club.
To view the webcast that includes Tracy's presentation at the UN session go to http://webtv.un.org/watch/engaging-men-and-boys-in-preventing-violence-against-women-and-girls/2205600586001/
Family Law Information Bulletin
This Information Bulletin will provide an overview of the changes to family law contained in the Family Law Act. The focus here is on changes that will have the most impact on women and children who experience violence in their intimate relationships or in the family context.
To download the info bulletin, click here.
Workplace Violence in Anti-Violence Programs: Strategies to Increase Worker Safety (January 2013)
This final version of this resource manual issued in January 2013 addresses issues and concerns raised by workers in the field and offers best practices guidelines to increase safety in the workplaces of anti-violence programs, as well as samples of policies and procedures.
Tracy Porteous Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award
Tracy Porteous, EVA BC's Executive Director, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Representative for Children and Youth's Awards of Excellence on Thursday, October 13, 2011 for her dedication to improving the lives of children, youth and families across B.C. for over 30 years. More information can be found in the news release, here.
Visit web pages for Be More Than a Bystander!
On July 7, 2011, EVA BC and the BC Lions Football Team launched their groundbreaking initiative, "Be More Than a Bystander", aimed at substantially increasing awareness and understanding about the impact of men's violence against women.
This 2-year initiative will see sports icons from the BC Lions use their status and public profile to create awareness about violence against women in BC and urge everyone to “Break the Silence on Violence Against Women”.
Sharing, Gathering, Honouring: Increasing Safety for Aboriginal Women, Youth and Communities
View keynotes from the Northwest Gathering that took place on March 17 & 18, 2011 in Terrace!
Speakers were Brenda and Matilda Wilson, Marilyn George, Belinda LaCombe, Ruby Morgan, Mavis Erickson and Paul Michel, Terry Swan, Lerinda Swain, and Ninu Kang.
On January 18, 2011, Marilyn George, a STV Outreach Worker with the Northern Society for Domestic Peace in Smithers, BC came to Vancouver to present to Status of Women Canada's House of Commons Committee about the issue of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.
Marilyn described her presentation to the Committee as a very positive experience, stating that she "felt empowered and happy that First Nation women are being heard more and more."
To download Marilyn's full presentation to the House of Commons committee, click here »
The DVVAG summarizes some of the risk factors that have been associated with an increased likelihood of future violence in intimate relationships. This document is intended to assist and guide Victim Advocates with the identification of high risk victims, safety planning and referral.
Spot the Signs - Before Someone Dies
Domestic homicides are the most predicatable and preventable of all murders. The problem is that most of us do not know what to look for or what questions to ask to figure out whether someone who is in an abusive relatoinship might be at risk of being killed. This checklist of lethality factors helps educate about the potential of serious risk for escalating or lethal violence.
Revised VAWIR Policy Available
December 2010 saw the release of the Ministry of Public Safety, Ministry of Attorney General and Ministry of Children and Family Development's revised Violence Against Women in Relationships Policy.
VAWIR Policy December 2010
In April 2010, EVA BC hosted an event at Victoria's Fairmont Empress Hotel that saw acclaimed educator, author and filmmaker Jackson Katz speaking to elected BC officials and senior leaders that included police, military and violence against women service providers. More »