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Hot off the press: Women Abused by Their Partners, Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships, and Transgender People and Relationship Abuse

Women Abused by Their Partners

This new fact sheet is about women abused by their male partners. An addition to the Live Safe — End Abuse series about relationship abuse (domestic violence), it explains what the term abuse means, abuse that is against the law, and where to get community support services and legal help. The fact sheet is now available online only.

Also available on the LSS website are two other publications dealing with relationship violence: Transgender People and Relationship Abuse and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships. Both brochures describe abuse, in transgender and same-sex relationships respectively, and provide a list of available resources. These publications were produced by Qmunity, a resource centre for the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer community.

Grant awarded to create a domestic violence brochure for lawyers

 LSS has partnered with the Ending Violence Association (EVA) to create a domestic violence brochure for lawyers that will help them identify clients at risk. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s (PSSG) Domestic Violence Action Plan has awarded LSS a $10,000 grant to develop, produce, and distribute the publication for lawyers who deal with potential victims of domestic violence.

The brochure will be designed to help lawyers identify when a client may be at risk of domestic violence, and provide guidance about where clients can be referred to get more help. Providing information to lawyers may increase the chance that a client at risk of domestic violence will receive help sooner.

Funding for the PSSG Domestic Violence Action Plan grant was made available through civil forfeiture proceeds. The Civil Forfeiture Act and Regulation allows the director of Civil Forfeiture to initiate civil court proceedings against property believed to be the proceeds of criminal activity. PSSG has redirected these funds to various programs that support victims of violence, including programs run by police and organizations that work with or deliver victim service and violence against women programs.

Production of the brochure is scheduled to begin in the fall.

For more information about the PSSG Domestic Violence Action Plan grants, please see Putting a Stop to Domestic Violence.

Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse is an award-winning publication!

Surviving Relationship Violence and AbuseThe LSS publication, Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse, has won an Award of Excellence in the 2011 Apex Awards competition.

The Apex Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Apex Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in individual categories, and Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse won in the special purpose brochures, manuals, and reports category.

This publication replaces the booklet Speaking of Abuse: Violence Against Women in Relationships, and outlines what abuse is from a legal perspective and what a woman’s Apex Awardslegal rights are if she’s in an abusive relationship. Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse is available in Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, Punjabi, and Spanish, and can be downloaded from the LSS website or ordered in print from Crown Publications.

Hot off the press from LSS: Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse

Surviving Relationship Violence and AbuseSurviving Relationship Violence and Abuse – Chinese (traditional)

Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse – Spanish

This publication is now available in Chinese (traditional) and Spanish, in print and online. It is also available in Chinese (simplified), English, and Punjabi.

It outlines what abuse is from a legal perspective and what a woman’s legal rights are if she is in an abusive relationship. It also explains what women can do to protect themselves and their children, and who can help. The English version (only) includes a chapter about violence against Aboriginal women in relationships and lists resources available to them.

This booklet was written for advocates and community workers who support women who are being abused, assaulted, or harassed by their husbands, boyfriends, or ex-partners. The information provided applies to women who choose to stay in their abusive relationships and to those who have left or who are trying to leave. This publication replaces the booklet Speaking of Abuse: Violence Against Women in Relationships. Some multilingual versions of Speaking of Abuse are still available.

For more information about Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse please visit the LSS website.

Changes to the VAWIR policy to improve responses to domestic violence

As we set out in our February 22 ELAN blog entry, the Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) policy was updated recently in response to incidents that showed a need for improved coordination between agencies in cases of domestic violence. A number of key changes were made to support more integration and cooperation between involved parties.

  • Roles and responsibilities have been updated in the “Police,” “Crown Counsel,” “Corrections,” “Victim Services,” and “Family Justice Services” sections of the policy
  • New sections covering roles and responsibilities for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, and Court Services Branch have been added
  • A new “Protocol for Highest Risk Cases” has been added to enhance information sharing among police, Crown counsel, bail supervisors/probation officers, victim service workers and child welfare workers
  • A “Police Release Guidelines” appendix has been added, which updates the guidelines for municipal police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police that were originally developed in 2005
  • A “Best Practices and Principles for the Conditions of Community Supervision for Domestic Violence” appendix was inserted. These practices and principles were developed for consideration by Crown counsel when formulating release conditions

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The Violence Against Women in Relationships policy — Updated!

The Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) policy, prepared by the BC ministries of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Children and Family Development, has recently been updated. The new policy focuses on integrated services; that is, the need for a coordinated response to domestic violence among all agencies involved.

The ministries identified the need for change following the Lee/Park coroner’s inquest and the Representative for Children and Youth’s report on the death of Christian Lee. The report recognizes a number of factors that contributed to an uncoordinated response, including a lack of consistent policies and tools for responding to domestic violence situations across all systems. The updated VAWIR policy attempts to address some of these factors.

The VAWIR policy recognizes that most domestic violence is carried out by men against women and that women are at greater risk of more severe violence, but the strategies in this policy are intended to apply equally to all domestic violence situations regardless of the offender/victim’s gender. The policy also looks at unique considerations for groups of women who face greater risk of violence than others, including Aboriginal and immigrant and visible minority women.

The VAWIR policy was first developed in 1993 to revise and expand the original 1986 Ministry of Attorney General Wife Assault policy, and has been updated several times over the years to reflect applicable legislative changes (including Criminal Code and provincial legislation) and changes to operational policies.