Upon entering Surrey Women’s Centre, survivors of violence find crisis workers who will conduct a risk assessment to understand their unique experience. By reviewing various risk factors such as a history of violence, marital status and prior threats, our workers develop a personal safety plan with a client to address and minimize any current risks and ensure future safety. The Centre also works with local hospital, police, child protection agencies and court services to increase victims’ safety. Because a victim’s life circumstances may change on a daily basis, we maintain close contact with each of them to review her risk assessment and safety plan on a regular and ongoing basis.
The Crisis team also facilitates bad date reporting for sex workers by collecting information about clients who have threatened, assaulted, harassed or robbed them. These reports are published weekly in Red Light Alert which WISH Drop-In Centre Society distributes to local agencies to warn other sex workers to avoid certain cars and clients.
If you are experiencing violence in your life, call our Crisis Line at 604 583-1295 to talk to a worker who will provide confidential, emotional support and practical assistance. Callers may have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, or other forms of family violence. In partnership with VictimLink BC, the Crisis Line operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
Dial 9-1-1 if you are in immediate physical danger.
If a victim of violence wants to report an incident to police, a support worker will accompany her to make a police report either at the local RCMP detachment or Surrey Women’s Centre, depending on her needs. Our workers explain the legal reporting options available. They may, or may not, be present when a statement is given based on the discretion of the attending police officer. As an alternative to communicating an offense directly to the police, support workers may assist a victim of sexual assault in making a Third-Party Report which allows her to report the crime but remain anonymous.