Past Initiatives

Check out the sub-pages for this section or scroll down to read short summaries about past initiatives and projects that EVA BC has undertaken or partnered on. If you have any questions about our past initiatives, please contact us.

Alternate Training Approaches

EVA BC, in partnership with the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses, undertook a collaborative initiative to assess training needs and examine various alternate training approaches for STV counselling programs, CCWA counselling programs, and transition house programs.

Action Kit for Health Authorities

An initiative funded by the Ministry of Health meant to assist health authorities to understand the importance of funding programs in hospitals to respond to violence against women. BC Women’s Hospital, the Association and others came together to produce this action kit which has since been distributed to health authorities across the province and to anti-violence organizations.


EVA BC has worked to establish processes to reduce the burden on anti-violence programs associated with the accreditation process and to provide support through the process. We were able to secure funds through the Multi-Lateral Task Force from the Province of BC to create program supports.

Building a Safer Future Awards

An EVA BC initiative to pay tribute to work being done by organizations, individuals and businesses across BC to prevent violence against women. We subsequently established a partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Equality and the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses to push ahead with this project designed to encourage, recognize and honour the outstanding work being done across BC in building a safer future for women and a violence free society. There are 4 categories: individual, partnership, organization and corporate.

Office of the Transition Commissioner – Response Paper

An initiative taken on and coordinated by EVA BC, in partnership with the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses, to develop a paper for the Transition Commissioner regarding possible options for shifting the social service delivery system as it relates to services to children within women’s services.

Organizational Development

A project taken on by EVA BC in partnership with the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses to develop tools and plans to assist the organizational needs of women serving and victim serving organizations in the area of human resources, labour relations, management coaching and organizational growth and change.

STV Counselling Practice Guidelines Project

A project coordinated by the Ministry of Women’s Equality to create counselling practice guidelines to enhance the work of program practitioners. Steering Committee representation from EVA BC as well as counsellors in STV programs housed in Specialized Victim Assistance Programs, Women’s Centres and Transition Houses.

Nurse Examiner Introduction

An initiative by EVA BC in partnership with the BC Women’s Hospital to develop analysis and a provincial proposal for the introduction of nurse examiners in hospitals throughout BC to conduct sexual assault medical and forensic examinations.

Safer Campuses Initiative

An initiative coordinated by The Province of BC, to fund and develop programs and policies throughout university and college campuses to better insure issues of safety, accessibility and equality. EVA BC played a key role advising this Committee of issues related to violence against women and also advised on proposed policy and program appropriateness to those affected.

Trans/ Women Dialogue Committee

A committee supported by the Commissioner of Human Rights that brought together transgendered people and women from the feminist community to discuss ways to enhance acceptance and nondiscrimination of trans people within women’s services and other communities. Projects included:

  •  Developing training modules for the Justice Institute of BC
  • Creating a Trans Inclusion Policy Manual for women’s services
  • The Biography Project: a series of biographies of trans people and their allies
  • A Healing Circle in response to the Nixon/Rape Relief Human Rights Tribunal

Biography Project

This project developed a series of biographies of trans people and their allies to be used as stand alone information tools and alongside the curricula and the policy manual. Project was funded by the Province of BC.

Managing Safety and Increasing Empowerment

A special two day training event that was jointly sponsored by this Association and the BC Women’s Hospital to bring together for the first time staff from BC Hospitals and front line workers at Sexual Assault/Woman Assault centres and Specialized Victim Assistance programs. The event was funded by grants from the federal Department of Justice and the BC Ministries of Attorney General and Women’s Equality.

STV Counsellor Training Review Project

A review process taken on by EVA BC  in partnership with the Justice Institute of BC to review the 1993 fifteen-day curriculum for STV counsellors in relation to its current relevance and its compatibility with the Counselling Practice Guidelines.

Records Management Training

Using the curriculum we developed with funding from The Province of BC, EVA BC provided training on Records Management to various anti-violence organizations in BC and in other provinces as requested.

Management Training for Women and Victim Serving Agencies

This initiative was a project to provide managers in women and victim serving organizations with expertise in areas such as human resources management, labour relations, organizational development, change management, financial management, clinical supervision, etc. EVA BC worked in partnership with the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses and the Justice Institute of BC with funding from Human Resources Development Canada and the Vancouver Foundation.

 Drug and Alcohol Training Event

An initiative taken on by EVA BC to develop a specialized training event for STV Counsellors and others providing sexual violence counselling, to develop or enhance an effective knowledge base to work with women who have issues relating to both sexual violence and drugs and/or alcohol.

Board Training Project

A project taken on by EVA BC to develop training for Board members in agencies that have Stopping the Violence Counselling programs, Sexual Assault centres and Specialized Victim Assistance programs.

Sexual Assault Policy

An initiative coordinated by The Province of BC to develop BC’s first Sexual Assault Policy. Our Association played an integral role on this inter-ministerial committee, advising the policy development process regarding the experiences of women survivors of sexual assault and workers in this area, and the areas where the work of police and Crown could be improved to allow them to be more responsive to the issues that affect survivors.

O’Connor Response

A number of initiatives were taken on by EVA BC, including the development and distribution of a series of discussion papers regarding the O’Connor case as it proceeded through the courts, to keep agency staff informed of the implications for women and others who have been victimized. These papers brought a feminist legal analysis to the case and were distributed to agencies across BC in order that service providers could inform their clients of the implications of reporting abuse.

Medical Forensic

After years of ambiguity regarding the rights of sexually assaulted survivors to have a medical forensic examination at the hospital regardless of their decision to report to police at the time, EVA BC brought the issue forward to the Attorney General and worked with the Ministry to develop a policy which is now in place that ensures that survivors would have this right and that these exams would be funded by the Ministry.

Criminal Case Flow Management Rules – Elections and Arraignment Hearings

EVA BC produced an overview paper outlining the changes in criminal court proceedings in BC regarding the development of the Criminal Caseflow Management Rules. Chief Judge Carol Baird Ellan has issued two amendments to the ‘Rules’. One pertains to a new rule that makes it not necessary in summary convictions for an arraignment hearing if both sides have filed their arraignment reports. The other amendment sets aside automatic requirements for a preliminary hearing.

Bill C-46

EVA BC brought to the attention of The Province of BC the issue of the costs that agencies incur in fighting attempts by defense counsel to gain access to survivors’ private files, along with a request that these costs be funded by government. EVA BC was successful in getting agreement, and financial support is now available to agencies involved in Bill C-46 cases.

Alternative Measures

EVA BC has provided numerous briefs to government and met with various Cabinet Ministers and senior staff to assist them in their understanding and knowledge of the effects of their policy on the use of Alternative Measures in cases of violence against women and children.

Vancouver/ Richmond Health Board Assessment of Services to Women

A project funded by the Coastal Health Authority and coordinated by the BC Institute Against Family Violence to assess the need for counselling and other related services for women.

Women’s Services Policy Manual

This project was funded by the Human Rights Commissioner and developed a policy manual for women and victim serving agencies so they can understand and more easily put into place inclusive policy.

Safer Communities Working Group

A provincial level committee coordinated by the Province of BC. This committee has been in place for some time but with no representation from the anti-violence movement. Members of this committee have been more mainstream provincial safe communities organizations such as Crime Stoppers, Block Watch, Neighborhood Watch, Criminal Justice Society of BC, BC Coalition for Safe Communities. EVA BC requested to be a part of this committee as we saw it imperative that these mainstream organizations work with the anti-violence sector.

Restorative Justice Consultations

An initiative coordinated by the Province of BC to conduct broad provincial consultation on Restorative Justice. This committee brought together representatives from various Ministry branches and has consulted with EVA BC and the John Howard Society of BC to get input on the overall aims, goals and process of the consultations.

Network Against Abuse in Same Sex Relationships

A coalition of service providers and others who worked together to organize, educate and share information about abuse in same-sex relationships and barriers to service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans survivors of violence. This non-funded coalition operated with the assistance of donations, including in-kind donations from community agencies. The Network met monthly and was involved in a variety of projects including: developing educational materials (pamphlets); organizing community educational forums (for service providers and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities); and exploring ways to create provincial links and increase awareness about same-sex abuse throughout the province of BC.

Multi-Lateral Task Force (MLTF)

An initiative coordinated by Community and Social Service Employees Association (CSSEA) with representatives from each social service sector and the colleges and universities to enhance ways to allow for more career laddering and better coordinated curriculum development across sectors. EVA BC attended these meetings to bring the voice of those who work in stopping the violence counselling programs, sexual assault centres and specialized victim assistance programs. MAG Advisory Committee: Strategic Plan to Address the Needs of Diverse Victims of Crime A project funded by the Province of BC. This advisory committee assisted The Province of BC to develop a strategic plan to address the needs of diverse groups of victims of crime. These groups include: Aboriginal people, immigrants and refugees, people of colour, lesbians, gays, transsexual and transgendered people, seniors, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, street-involved people, sex-trade workers and people who live in geographically isolated areas. The advisory committee was comprised of anti-violence advocates and organizations (including EVA BC) working with marginalized and diverse communities.


Connecting: Mental Health and Violence Against Women Symposium

A special training initiative taken on by EVA BC in 1999 with grant funding from The Province of BC. For the first time, front line workers from Specialized Victim Assistance Programs, STV Counselling programs, Sexual Assault/Woman Assault Centres and Transition Houses had the opportunity to come together to improve the capacity, competency and confidence of the sector in providing services and advocacy support for women with histories of mental health issues; create opportunities for dialogue and relationship building between the “mental health” and “violence against women” fields; challenge our assumptions and broaden our analysis in the conduct of our work; and inspire participants to share symposium outcomes within agencies and communities.


SA/WA Program Evaluation

A project funded by The Province of BC in 1999 to develop a framework for program evaluation for Sexual Assault/Woman Assault programs. Rather than each program trying to find ways to conduct its own evaluation, we asked that we manage a highly consultative process to ensure that any outcomes are founded in the voice and expertise of those services doing the work. We were responsible for coordinating and managing this important evaluation project.

SVAP Evaluation Framework Project

EVA BC managed a project funded by The Province of BC to develop a framework for program evaluation for Specialized Victim Assistance programs. This is a similar project to the SA/WA project listed above.


Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice Reform in British Columbia: Identifying Some Preliminary Questions and Concerns

A project initiated by EVA BC in 1998 to conduct research into the area of Restorative Justice programs, including an analysis about how these programs and related justice system reforms might affect women. This paper outlined some of the thinking on Restorative Justice at the time and the general direction the Ministry of Attorney General was taking in this area, and made recommendations to the Attorney General on how to ensure that reforms do not re-victimize women. The paper also assists individual service providers in articulating gender-related issues when programs are being established at the local level. Download report