Posted on June 13, 2016

We at Surrey Women’s Centre would like to acknowledge the victims of the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend. Surrey Women’s Centre stands in solidarity with LGBT people, and those of us who count ourselves among them grieve for our community.

Crimes that target marginalized sexualities and races are interconnected with gender-based violence. This shooting took place at a gay nightclub on Latinx night with trans women performing. Fifty people are dead. Fifty-three others are hospitalized.

Posted on June 9, 2016

“Sexual violence is common. Unfortunately, so is staying silent about it. Our silence makes it easier for those who wish to harm us. We don’t share our stories, we don’t think anyone would care much if we did, and then we live with the warped impression that we are alone in our fear and shame.” –Christy Clark

Posted on June 3, 2016

The words we use to talk about rape matter. Words like “non-consensual sex” and “sex crime” for rape serve to distance us from the violent reality suggested by the word “rape.”

Posted on May 27, 2016

In commemoration of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (May 29 - June 4), we asked survivors of sexual assault: “Who was the first person you told? And why?”

“Part of my healing was telling someone what happened, even though it was really hard to do,” explains Anna, “I felt a lot of shame and confusion because the rapist was someone I was dating at the time.”

Surrey Women’s Centre encourages you to show your support for Anna, and other survivors who have come forward by giving a shout out on social media, using the hashtag #ShoutOut4Survivors.

Posted on March 7, 2016

We want to say a huge “thank you!!!” to Western Pacific Enterprises and its employees for raising over $13,000 for women and children fleeing violence. 

Posted on March 7, 2016

We met Sandra about 2 years ago. In honour of International Women's Day, she and a small group of women - mostly electricians - lent their time, skills and expertise to give Surrey Women's Centre a much needed facelift. 

Which only seems fitting. 

Few know that International Women's Day has roots in the labour movement at the turn of the 20th century. 

Posted on February 25, 2016

SheTalks celebrates the power of women by providing a space for them to share. On March 5, listen to 16 inspirational women tell their stories of success in the face of adversity. 

That's 16 women telling their own 8-minute long story, to make 1 amazing day! 

And thanks to our very own board member, Natasha Raey, you can hear their stories... And share them too! 

Buy your ticket today, and a ticket will be donated to a student or survivor of violence at Surrey Women's Centre. 

Posted on November 24, 2015

All too often, women experiencing violence suffer alone – afraid to ask for help, and unsure of where to turn. Family and friends may suspect that something is wrong, but don’t know what to do.

Recognizing violence isn’t easy. Assessing the severity of it is even harder. The BC Ministry of Justice outlines some of the most serious risk factors. Although this list was developed to help police in their investigations, it can help anyone spot the signs of danger. These include:

Posted on November 24, 2015

We would like to dedicate this newsletter to Maria Catroppa, whose life was taken at the hands of her husband six years ago today. We honour Maria here, in this newsletter, and in every action that we take to help other women living in fear for their lives.  

Maria was a warm and loving mother of four who touched many in her life, and continues to do so. In the words of her daughter, Jay, “As difficult as it is to share, we hope you’ll listen to our mother’s story.”

Posted on October 29, 2015

The Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, province-wide BC Missing Women Network. The Network is a partnership between EVA BC, RCMP “E” Division’s BC Police Missing Persons Centre, and the Surrey Women’s Centre.