Legal and Policy Analysis
CCWS conducts legal and policy analysis and distributes backgrounders and discussion papers on significant and timely issues related to the gender-based violence sector. CCWS may also undertake issues analysis to propose specific solutions to address challenges or gaps that are affecting survivor safety.
Our issues analysis and advocacy is guided by our work with local communities and anti-violence workers and is often done in consultation with the CCWS Working Group membership.
Below are a few of our most recent resources. For more resources, please go to our Resource Centre.
Provincial Stakeholder Groups
CCWS staff are members of several cross-sectoral stakeholder groups that seek to improve the response to gender-based violence across the province.
These groups include:
- Child Protection/Domestic Violence Working Group
- FREDA Family Law/Family Violence Community of Practice
- High Risk Domestic Violence-Connecting Across Jurisdictions
- Living in Community Networking Group
- Sexual Assault Investigations Review Committee (SAIRC)
CCWS Working Group
The CCWS Provincial Working Group meets biannually and brings together a broad range of senior level system and community-based stakeholders to discuss and develop solutions to challenges of policy and program implementation that relate to gender-based violence.
By creating the opportunity for discussion and analysis across disciplines and agencies, the Working Group meetings provide a forum for actively resolving systemic issues. Recommendations and strategies developed by the Working Group are brought forward through the various sectors represented at the table, including relevant federal and provincial government ministries, police agencies and provincial non-profit organizations.
Working Group members also provide technical expertise regarding practice and legal or policy-related questions. This information is used by CCWS staff to help communities or regions effectively resolve issues.
Current CCWS working group members
(from government branches, community organizations, educational facilities and law firms)
- BC Corrections Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
- BC Prosecution Service, Ministry of Attorney General
- British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth
- Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- Department for Women and Gender Equality, Government of Canada
- Domestic Violence and System Coordination, Ministry of Children and Family Development
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Government of Canada
- Indigenous Social and Cultural Policy, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Justice Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General
- Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW)
- Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
- BC Housing
- BC Society of Transition Houses
- Connective (formerly John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland)
- Disability Alliance BC (formerly BCCPD)
- Legal Aid BC
- Specialized Victim Assistance Program, Archway Community Services
- Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society
- West Coast LEAF
- Centre for Counselling and Community Safety, Justice Institute of BC
- SFU’s FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
- BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police
- Police Victim Services of BC
- Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, Provincial Health Services Authority
- Regional Domestic Violence Units, Police
- Alinea Legal Coaching
- Diane Turner, Lawyer, Kelliher and Turner
- Kamaljit Lehal, Lawyer, Lehal & Co, Barristers and Solicitors
- Wagstaffe Law Corporation