Posted on September 30, 2011

Surrey Women’s Centre’s is pleased to release our 2010-2011 Annual Report.

This year, we dedicate our report to Maria Catroppa and other women killed by their partners. Almost 2 years ago, Maria was murdered by her husband in their Surrey home. The report includes a keynote address delivered by Maria’s eldest daughter at the inaugural conference of the Surrey Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.

Posted on June 24, 2011

The We Can End All Violence Against Women coalition of BC (‘We Can BC’) is encouraging all residents in the lower mainland to attend the rally in support of Rumana Monzur, a UBC student who was viciously attacked by her husband in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 5.

“It is extremely important, while we share in our grief for this terrible event, that we do not condone this behavior by remaining silent,” said Rick Craig, We Can BC co-chair and Executive Director of the Justice Education Society. 

Posted on June 1, 2011

Mr. Justice Josephson will deliver his verdict in Regina v. Damin at the Westminster Supreme Courthouse this Thursday, June 2nd at 9:30am. In her Surrey home on the morning of November 24, 2009, Maria Catroppa, a devoted mother of four, was killed by her husband. Emergency crews responding to a 911 call found Maria’s body in their Surrey home- she had been stabbed 126 times. Maria’s husband was charged with second degree murder in connection to her death.

Posted on June 1, 2011

Battered Women’s Support Services and Surrey Women’s Centre have joined together again.  Social Justice Versus Criminal Justice:  When Women Became Victims is a blog series by Surrey Women’s Centre and  Battered Women’s Support Services which will seek to illuminate the current situation, the progressive dismantling of the social safety net for women and we will issue a call to action as we attempt to make the case why this is increasing the risk for women to experience gender based violence...

Posted on May 31, 2011

By Yolande Cole

B.C.’s Opposition NDP used Premier Christy Clark’s first day in the Legislature to question the leader on the government’s decision not to fund the participation of Downtown Eastside groups in the upcoming missing women inquiry.

Shortly after Clark was sworn in as MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey today (May 30), Clark was on the receiving end of multiple questions from the NDP caucus and leader Adrian Dix, who asked the premier to reverse a recent the funding decision.

Posted on May 27, 2011

In her Surrey home, on the morning of November 24, 2009, Maria Catroppa, devoted mother of four was murdered by her husband. Before her death, the warning signs of domestic violence were present; however, her family did not know that their mother was in danger. Like many Surrey residents, the Catroppa family was unaware of the risk factors that increase the probability of serious bodily injury or death resulting from domestic violence.

Posted on May 24, 2011

May 24, Vancouver Coast Salish Territories – The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee are strongly condemning the BC government’s decision to not provide funding to support their participation in the Missing Women’s Inquiry.

Posted on May 16, 2011

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Posted on May 4, 2011

All of the applicants who applied for standing before the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry will be given an opportunity to participate in the evidentiary hearings.

In a ruling released today, Commissioner Wally Oppal, Q.C., granted full participation to 10 applicants and limited participation to eight applicants He also recommended that the provincial government provide funding to 13 applicants who asked for financial support to fund their participation in the inquiry.

Posted on May 2, 2011

Battered Women’s Support Services Ending Violence Training Initiative 2011 will include research, curricula development and delivery of four new education training programs for front line service providers in western Canada.  Curricula will be developed from an anti-oppression, feminist analysis of violence against women; will include detailed generalized modules, specialized components related to Indigenous, Immigrant, Refugee girls and women, and specialized components urging men to own their role in ending violence.