Stopping violence against women

Violence against women goes beyond class and culture. It is the primary cause driving women into economic dependence and it has long-term, intergenerational effects on children who witness the abuse. 

But when a woman in an abusive relationship is able to access the right kinds of supports—such as safe affordable housing, quality child care, training and legal aid—she can escape the violence and begin to rebuild her life.

How we are stopping violence against women

We raise awareness of the effects of violence against women and educate youth about healthy relationships. We also fight for reforms and supports that help women make the successful transition to economic independence and to live free from violence and abuse. 

Resources and Publications

Stopping the Violence
A guide for women facing domestic violence which includes resources, facts, tips and information, as well as some guidelines on how to help if you know someone who is being abused. 

Mothers Leaving Abusive Partners
A family law guide for women who are facing custody and access issues. It contains current legislation, policies and procedures that affect women and children in British Columbia. Also available in FrenchSpanishPunjabiSimplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

Mothers without Legal Status in Canada Handbook
Describes the experiences of mothers without legal status and how service providers can best help them.

Court-Related Abuse and Harassment Research Report
Documents how men use the legal system to further abuse and torment their ex-partners.

YWCA Programs and Services for Women experiencing violence

  • YWCA Munroe House, Eyrie and Arbour House are transition houses for women and their children who have left abusive relationships.
  • The YWCA PEACE Program for Children and Youth Experiencing Violence (formerly known as the Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) Program) is offered at Munroe house and uses one-to-one counselling, workshops and art/play therapy to help children and youth identify their feelings and express them in a healthy way.
  • The YWCA Violence Prevention program at YWCA Crabtree Corner, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, provides support for women who experience violence in their relationships.
  • YWCA’s Legal education services offers one-to-one legal support and education on a wide range of legal topics and provides specific resources and referrals.
  • YWCA Youth Education programs, like Boys 4 Real, Welcome to My Life and That's Just Me, combine interactive discussions and fun activities to teach boys and girls self-awareness, confidence and mutual respect, as well as how to cultivate healthy relationships. 
  • YWCA Week Without Violence is a nationwide violence prevention initiative organized by YWCA Canada to unite Canadians against the violence that exists in our communities.