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  July 2011 E-NEWS
In This Issue
Meet the Advisory Group
Welcome Nila!
If You Need Help
Sharing, Gathering, Honouring
You Can't Hurry Love
Info Update Non-Status Women
Thanks to Cathy Welch
Quick EVA BC Links
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Aboriginal Health

The FREDA Centre

Legal Services Society

Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

We Can BC Campaign

Don't Be That Guy Campaign Edmonton

Don't Be That Guy Campaign Ottawa

Don't Be That Guy Campaign Vancouver
Violence Prevention Legacy Fund

EVA BC has recently developed the Violence Prevention Legacy Fund as a way people can contribute to education and awareness initiatives aimed at breaking the silence on violence against women and girls.


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It's Football Season at EVA BC!


EVA BC staff and a contingent of anti-violence workers were on hand at Empire Field on July 8th as the BC Lions officially kicked off their season opener along with public service announcements and giant field signs highlighting the Be More Than a Bystander initiative. This groundbreaking partnership between EVA BC and the BC Lions is aimed at breaking the silence on violence against women and encourages men to speak up.  




bc lionsVisit the Home Page! Be More Than a Bystander   


Check out PSA videos and radio spots, click here  


See a video of the media launch, click here   



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Meet the Be More Than a Bystander Advisory Group!  


Overseeing and steering the Be More Than a Bystander initiative is an advisory group of women who are experts in the area of violence against women. This group is made up of anti-violence services providers and survivors of violence who bring extensive knowledge, commitment and years of experience to their work in this initiative.


To read about the members of the Advisory Group and why they think this initiative is important, click here    


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EVA BC Welcomes Our New Program Manager 


EVA BC is very happy to welcome our new Program Manager, Nila Somaia, to the team this month.


Nila will be taking over the role filled by Cathy Welch for the past two years, offering consultation and support to the STV Counselling programs.   


For more information about Nila,  

click here    


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If You Need Help:  New EVA BC Web Pages 


New Web Pages Offer Women Information  

About Violence and Abuse     


In anticipation of increased visitors to the EVA BC website as a result of the Be More Than a Bystander public awareness initiative, we have developed some new pages designed to give women information about violence and abuse and where they can find help.


Visitors to the EVA BC website will find a link to If You Need Help that has been installed on our home page at www.endingviolence.org  


To go straight to the new If You Need Help section, click here     


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Sharing, Gathering, Honouring 

Increasing Safety for Aboriginal Women, Youth and Communities


In March 2011, 127 people attended this regional gathering in Terrace organized by EVA BC and CCWS. The Gathering focused on strengthening collaborations and increasing capacity among Aboriginal communities, anti-violence services and coordination initiatives to address violence against Aboriginal women in BC's Northwest.


See videos of Keynote Speakers,  click here    


To go to the EVA BC Publications page where you can download the resource document Increasing Safety for Aboriginal Women:  Key Themes & Issues, click here     


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You Can't Hurry Love:  A Project of Haida Gwaii 

Society for Community Peace

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In the fall of 2010, the Community Coordination for Women's Safety Committee in Haida Gwaii talked about their concerns on the issue of young girls having sexual relationships with older men. The result was the harm reduction project, You Can't Hurry Love.


To read the article by Amy Rappaport, STV Counsellor & Outreach worker,  click here    


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Updates Related to Non-Status Women in Canada


Here is some information that may be relevant to your work with women who do not have immigration status in Canada.  


Legal Aid  

"An applicant does not have to permanently reside in BC or hold Canadian citizenship to qualify for legal aid representation." This sentence is in Legal Aid policy and has now been attached to every piece of their policy to ensure Legal Aid intake workers know about it.  


BC Housing  

To be eligible for BC Housing, applicants do need to have status in Canada. To view residency eligibility requirements for BC Housing,  

click here    


It is important to note that if sponsorship has broken down due to domestic violence (ie. the applicant's abuser is her sponsor), then the woman meets the residency requirements for BC Housing.   

This information can be noted in the Supplemental Application Form,  

click here    


Download information about BC Housing's Priority Placement Program,  

click here     

IWP resource guide 

Safety of Immigrant, Refugee, and Non-Status Women

Go to EVA BC's web page about their recently completed Immigrant Women's Project to download the Resource Guide,  Lawyer's Compendium, individual Briefing Notes or other resource documents, 

click here     


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Cathy & Patch

Don't Be a Stranger!


We say "So long for now..." and "Hope to see you again soon!" to our colleague Cathy Welch and our Medium Projects Manager, Patch, as they head off to their home on Gabriola Island, kayaking adventures and then back to their work at Cowichan Women Against Violence in Duncan.


Thanks for contributing so much to the work of EVA BC, Cathy!  It's been great!!

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