A Message From Our Executive Director
I am honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to serve an organization that protects and values women, as well as offers them a gateway to life free of violence.
Our 2017/2018 fiscal year can be summarized as a year characterized by change and transition. It was also a year that beckoned a new era of women’s resilience and courage. The growth of the #MeToo movement powered by a strong and resilient community of women and girls has exposed the vast scope of gender based violence.
We are seeing an increase in women and girls coming forward to report sexual assault and seek our services. The movement is changing public discourse and the very fabric of our community.
Last year alone we saw over 5,000 women and children, including 1,700 survivors of sexual assault who accessed our services at the Surrey Women Centre.
Following the successful launch of our SMART Van in January 2018, we accompanied 123 women and girls to hospital for emergency sexual assault care.
We increased safety for approximately 50 women assaulted by offenders flagged as being “high risk” to re-offend.
Despite these astounding accomplishments, we are still only able to reach a portion of those who need our help. Currently, we have a two-year wait list for counselling services for women.
Now more than ever we need the support of caring people like you to combat gender-based violence and provide more of our services to women who need help to build and sustain a life free from violence.
Thank you for making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many.
With warmest regards,