Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is thrilled to announce the launch of our community-based research report Colour of Violence: Race, Gender & Anti-Violence Services.
WITH (bios below): Paulette Senior, Leslie Spillett, Summer Rain, Angela Marie MacDougall, and Harsha Walia.
Over the past year, BWSS has been engaged in a community-based research project to better understand and raise awareness on the experiences of Indigenous, Black, newcomer immigrant/refugee, and racialized survivors accessing gender-based violence services in British Columbia (B.C).
We conducted surveys with over 100 survivors, focus groups with anti-violence workers of colour, and a series of public events. We found that Indigenous, Black, newcomer immigrant/refugee, and racialized survivors in B.C face numerous barriers to accessing safety and support when they experience gender-based violence, such as lack of access to culturally safe services; mistrust of the legal system and other state systems; and being minimized or disbelieved. Indigenous, Black, and newcomer immigrant/refugee survivors face particularly heightened barriers to justice, including often being criminalized for reporting violence, having their children apprehended, or facing deportation.
The report identifies key barriers in accessing anti-violence services, and also offers concrete best practices for service providers developing anti-violence interventions. We are deeply grateful to all the participants who brilliantly and courageously shared their time and insights with us. Their words powerfully illuminate what is needed to end violence against Indigenous, Black, newcomer immigrant/refugee, and racialized survivors in this province.
As part of the #16DaysofActivism Against Gender-Based Violence, join us to hear more about Colour of Violence: Race, Gender & Anti-Violence Services.
This event will include ASL interpretation.