The Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) is a dynamic, solutions-based provincial association based in Vancouver, Canada. We launched in 1992 as the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs, then changed our name to EVA BC in 2009. Since our start, we have trained and supported more than 300 anti-violence programs and cross-sector initiatives across the province that respond to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, and criminal harassment.
Our Four Key Program Areas across British Columbia:
- Community-Based Victim Assistance
- Stopping the Violence Counselling and Outreach
- Multi-Cultural Outreach
- and Sexual Assault/Woman Assault programs.
For details about each of these, please see PROGRAMS WE SERVE
Our Cross-sectoral Initiatives:
- Violence Against Women Coordination Committees
- Inter-Agency Case Assessment Teams (ICATs)
- Community Coordination for Women’s Safety
- Be More Than a Bystander
- Indigenous Community Safety
- and Safe Choices.
Education and Resources Build Resilience
Here at EVA BC, we act as a lifeline for front-line workers across the province. We also help all levels of government understand issues related to gender-based violence. These are just a few of our broad-based activities:
- development of hands-on tools and resources
- public education
- primary and secondary research
- development of best practices
- preventative measures to help end violence
- analyze government and relevant news issues
- propose solutions
- help create better policy, programs, and legislation.
For details about our staff, please see STAFF
Trans Inclusion Statement
EVA BC believes that promoting visibility, inclusive programming, and trans-inclusive services is essential to the eradication of gender-based violence.
In November 2019, we released our Trans Inclusion Statement, which outlines our eight commitments, ranging from using gender-inclusive language to advocating for trans inclusion in all of our relationships and partnerships.
We call on our membership to engage in the fundamental rethink of gender inclusivity reflected in law, and to challenge any ideas and assumptions about gender that may still remain in our collective work.
For details about our commitment, please see our TRANS INCLUSION STATEMENT
Please note that since EVA BC is not a direct-service organization, we do not provide crisis intervention, individual counselling, or other forms of direct gender-based violence response — but our members do. If you need the support of a shelter, crisis line, counselling, or similar help, we invite you to contact the toll-free, confidential, multilingual service VictimLinkBC. It is available across BC and the Yukon 24/7 and can be accessed by calling or texting 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca.
If you would like to find out which of our member organizations or programs can help you in your region, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-633-2506.
Note that we are a separate organization from, and not a subsidiary of, Ending Violence Association of Canada.