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  February 2011 E-NEWS
In This Issue
EVA BC in Ottawa!
EVA BC Online Survey
Highlights ATF 2010
Violence Against Aboriginal Women
ERA Resources
International Women's Day
Quick EVA BC Links
Safe Choices 
Other Links

The FREDA Centre


Jane Doe Legal


Legal Services Society


Missing Women Commission of Inquiry


We Can BC Campaign

Melissa Chatham Memorial Fund

Melissa Chatham was 24 years old when she  was tragically taken from her family by an act of violence in 2008.   


At the request of Melissa's family, EVA BC maintains a Memorial Fund in her honour.  To date, funds have been used to provide emergency travel assistance to women in crisis.  


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-Charlotte Whitton-
First Woman Mayor of Ottawa

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Wishing You a Happy 2011!

As we look forward to upcoming events in the new year such as the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8th, this edition of EVA E-News also gives you a chance to catch up on a few things from 2010, including checking out highlights from November's Annual Training Forum and finding out what EVA BC accomplished on their visit to Ottawa in October.

The new year has also brought a new addition to the EVA BC office.  Say hello to Finn!  EVA BC's newest Small Projects Manager!

EVA BC in Ottawa!

EVA BC Visits Ottawa
EVA BC representatives stand in front of the Women Are Persons! Monument on Parliament Hill.
In October 2010, women representing EVA BC made a whirlwind trip to Ottawa to share their findings from the Immigrant, Refugee, and Non-Status Women project with federal cabinet ministers and senior government officials. They did a lot in two days!

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EVA BC Online Survey

If you haven't already completed EVA BC's 4-part online survey aimed at getting valuable, up-to-date information directly from workers in the field, please take a few moments to do so now.

Information gathered in the survey will assist EVA BC in providing feedback to the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, RCMP "E" Division and/or BC Chiefs of Municipal Police, as appropriate.

Topics covered are the Domestic Violence Service Priority Assessment Form, Safety Planning, Women Being Arrested, and Police Use of Polygraphs.

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Deadline extended to 5 p.m. on Monday, February 7th

Highlights from the Annual Training Forum
and Annual General Meeting


ATF 2010 Norgate image
At the Altar of Fresh Hope
by Sheila Norgate

In late November 2010, many of us gathered at Richmond's Sheraton Airport Hotel for EVA BC's annual 2-day Training Forum "Transforming Risk:  Safety Strategies for Life", followed by the EVA BC AGM on the third day.

Frontline and anti-violence workers heard some incredible keynote speakers and received some valuable training.

If you were not able to attend the Training Forum, you can still experience some of the highlights...

Click here to view videos of all the keynote speakers>>


Click here for more ATF and AGM photos>> 

Presentation to House of Commons Committee
on Violence Against Aboriginal Women

Marilyn George
Marilyn George of Smithers (seated) with EVA BC staff while in Vancouver to present to the House of Commons Committee

On Januay 18th, 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 read Marilyn's full presentation to the House of Commons Committee, click here >>   


ERA BC Resources
 Now Available on EVA BC Website


Valuable resource material developed by the Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC is now available on the EVA BC website.

Information bulletins cover a range of topics highly relevant to workers in the field, such as "Understanding Treatment for Men Who Use Violence in Relationships", "Providing Support and Services to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Abuse Same-Gender Relationships", and "Cultural Considerations when Working with Men who use Violence in Relationships".


To view the complete set of ERA resources available for immediate download, click here>>

International Women's Day 2011 

  International Women's Day March 8th

Global Centenary Year 2011

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the incredible achievements of women around the world and a time to remind everyone of inequities that still need to be addressed.  This year marks the 100th anniversary since this day was first recognized and celebrated.

What have you got planned?


Gloria Miller shared some fantastic photos with us of events hosted by Chawathil First Nation in collaboration with the Hope & Area Transition Society STV program last year to honour International Women's Day. Take a look and be inspired!    

IWD Clotheseline Project
 A community member hangs her message shirt in
The Clotheseline Project.

Click here to view Gloria's photos >>


Click here to download IWD Fact Sheet now >> 

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