SMART Van

We think it’s SMART to help women. All women deserve to feel safe. With your help we can prevent women from falling through the cracks.

Not just a van. A lifeline for women on the street.

Our Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team Van will help women who need medical treatment after a sexual assault.

 

The stigma of sex work makes women ‘easy targets’ for rape.

Survival sex work. Often women exchange sex for money. Food. Clothing. Shelter. And other basic necessities we take for granted.

Women often incur serious, or even life-threatening injuries in the attack. With your help, we can prevent women from falling through the cracks.

 

Stigma can make it hard to ask for help.

Lisa called us after she was assaulted. She wouldn’t go to the hospital or the police unless we went with her. So we did. But we lost contact with her shortly after.

Our new SMART Van is a mobile crisis centre  - an emergency van service for sex workers - like Lisa - who can’t always call when they need help. Surrey Women’s Centre is partnering with OPTIONS Community Services and others, including people like you, to reach women where they need us most. On the street.

It works!

An evaluation of Vancouver’s “MAP” van operated by the WISH Drop-in centre speaks to its value. Sex workers report that the van makes them feel safer on the streets. They are also more likely to connect with other critical resources including the hospital, police, detox, addiction treatment centres and other supports for getting off the streets.

You can help bring a Van to Surrey. Donate NOW!