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 the following:
- 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 four main areas:
- Community-Based Victim Services Programs
- Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs
- Stopping the Violence / Multicultural Outreach Programs
- Sexual Assault / Woman Assault Centres
Back in 1992, both the province’s sexual assault centres and specialized victim assistance programs struggled in isolation to resolve the same issues. Sexual assault centres received provincial funding, which helped them meet and exchange ideas annually.
However, the centres wanted to encourage networking, improve coordination and information-sharing, and stop duplicating efforts. So, they began to examine the possibility of forming a provincial association similar to those in place for police-based victim assistance programs, women’s centres, and transition houses. Thanks to a grant from the Secretary of State, centre representatives and their specialized victim assistance program counterparts conducted a formal feasibility assessment.
In March 1992, the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs was established. Two years later, membership was extended to Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs. Later that year, the association changed its name to the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia. EVA BC was born. In 2008, Stopping the Violence Outreach Programs joined.
Today, EVA BC works with over 300 community-based services and initiatives supporting survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, child abuse and criminal harassment.
Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territories
EVA BC respectfully acknowledges that our head office is located on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
We acknowledge and thank the Coast Salish peoples for allowing us to live, work, and play on their lands. EVA BC is committed to working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to support the varied strategies they are using to protect their land and their communities. Through Truth and Reconciliation, we continue to learn how to honour our responsibility as people living and working on these lands.
We recognize that the unceded land that we occupy includes not only our Vancouver-based office, but extends to the work sites occupied by our member programs throughout British Columbia. For more information about unceded Indigenous land, please visit https://native-land.ca/.