11 charges have been laid against alleged serial sex predator, Novid Dadmand (known alias Robert Peako). Novid is believed to have falsely identified himself as a modelling agent; luring women and girls via social media with money and gifts. Novid is facing charges of sexual assault, fraud and break and enter relating to crimes that occurred in Richmond, North Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby.
We are so fortunate and grateful any time our Aboriginal friends and allies welcome us into their community to attend events to spread the word about SMART. Donna and Nasim, SMART's Women's Safety Patient Navigators did a great job hosting a table this week at the Fraser Salish Mental Wellness and Substance Abuse Regional Forum. Thank you everyone who stopped by our table and took away our materials. Your support in spreading the word about our 24-hour mobile assault response team is critical to it's ongoing success. Thank you!
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Join our Special Projects Coordinator, Corrine Arthur and Surrey Women's Centre for a Fall lecture hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies on October 1, 2013 to learn more about SMART and how we're helping women and girls seek justice.
As part of its ongoing national commitment to end human trafficking of women and girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Canada, The Canadian Women’s Foundation is funding the Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART), the ground-breaking program (and the only one of its kind in Canada) that launched in April 2012 as a partnership between Surrey Women's Centre, Fraser Health and VictimLINK BC.
A special bulletin has been created by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team to assist in warning women who may be engaged in the sale of sex about two recent suspected homicides in the community of New Westminster. Both deaths occurred in the same apartment complex.
Monica loves helping others and giving back to her community. After she found out about Surrey Women’s Centre she wanted other women to know about them too.
Monica came to Surrey Women’s Centre for help after years of abuse. Her ex-husband was manipulative, controlling and physically abusive. Like many women new to Canada, Monica was unaware of her rights and the resources available to her. She said, “I was scared. I didn’t want to contact [Surrey Woman’s Centre].”
But she did, and she changed her life.
Mother’s Day isn’t just about appreciating our Mothers. It’s a chance to celebrate the many women who touch our lives and help to make us who we are. This Mother’s Day two groups of local students decided they wanted to expand this even further by helping to make the day special for the many women who use Surrey Women's Centre.
On May 29th Brenda Eastwood, leading expert on women’s health and hormones, will be sharing easy-to-apply techniques to improve your mood, memory, sex drive and more by balancing your hormones. This exciting seminar is part of Brenda’s 7 Gala Event Book Launch for her newest release: Get Off The PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones.
Recent media attention has praised Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART) as Surrey’s first and only 24-hour emergency response service for victims of physical and sexual assault. While we’re grateful for the praise, we’re even more grateful for the opportunity to reach out to the many women and children who may not know where to turn for help.
When women and children find safety from violence, they also find hope for the future. That's why, each year, the Canadian Women's Foundation runs the Morning for Hope campaign. The campaign raises funds to support women's organizations across the country to help end violence against women. This year, Surrey Women's Centre's Sonya Boyce joined Sarah Ruddle from the Canadian Women's Foundation on Breakfast Television to encourage Canadians to support Morning for Hope.