Our Mission and Mandate
The Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) works to coordinate and support the work of victim-serving and other anti-violence programs in British Columbia through the provision of issue-based consultation and analysis, resource development,training, research and education. Our work is guided by respect for difference, human dignity and equality.
More specifically, our mandate includes:
- Providing support and training
- Undertaking research
- Developing and distributing resources and tools
- Educating the public and government bodies on the needs of victims of violence
- Developing and maintaining service standards
- Fostering cross-sectoral coordination and collaboration
Our membership is comprised of:
- Community-Based Victim Services Programs
- Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs
- Stopping the Violence / Multicultural Outreach Programs
- Sexual Assault / Woman Assault Centres
Prior to the creation of EVA BC (formerly the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs) in 1992, the province’s sexual assault centres and other specialized victim assistance programs struggled in isolation to resolve the same issues. At the time, sexual assault centres received provincial funding to meet and exchange ideas annually. Hoping to improve coordination and information sharing, reduce duplication of effort and encourage networking, the centres began examining the possibility of forming a provincial association similar to those already in place for police-based victim assistance programs, women’s centres and transition houses. A Secretary of State grant enabled centre representatives and their specialized victim assistance program counterparts to conduct a formal feasibility assessment.
In March 1992, the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs was established. Membership was extended to Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs in 1994 and to Stopping the Violence Outreach Programs in 2008. Later that year, the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs changed its name to the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia.
Today, EVA BC works with over 300 community-based services and initiatives supporting survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, child abuse and criminal harassment.