Launched in October 2015, the province-wide BC Missing Women Network is a partnership between EVA BC, the RCMP “E” Division’s BC Missing Persons Centre and the Surrey Women’s Centre. This network is an outgrowth of a successful pilot project developed by the Surrey Women’s Centre that established a communication system between law enforcement and victim services in their community to help locate missing women and to keep them safe, while respecting their privacy. Participation in the network is optional for all service providers and the women they serve.
The primary purposes of the BC Missing Women Network are to:
- Locate women and children who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, violence that could result in serious bodily harm or death.
- Protect the anonymity and whereabouts of women and children who are fleeing violence, particularly in cases where their estranged partner or other extended family reports them as missing.
- Stop alleged abusive partners from exploiting police resources to find and gain access to women fleeing abusive relationships.
- Create a bridge between women-serving agencies that provide confidential services to women fleeing violence and police investigating a missing person report.
For more information, read the November 2015 edition of EVA Notes, New BC Missing Women Network or contact EVA BC’s Program Manager, Laura Woods at 604-633-2506 ext. 17 or email woods (at) endingviolence.org