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   February 2018 E-NEWS
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Independent Legal Advice Pilot
Compassion in Action Fund
Joint DV Sessions
The Right to Say No
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Be More Than a Bystander at the Grey Cup!
Be More Than a Bystander leaders were excited to meet up with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 105th Grey Cup Game held in Ottawa on November 26, 2017! Pictured left to right are: Claire Freeman, EVA CAN; Jamie Taras, Director of Community Relations, BC Lions; The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; Tracy Porteous, EVA BC's Executive Director and EVA CAN Board Co-Chair; and Teri Breker, Marketing Director, BC Lions.

The groundwork laid by EVA BC's Be More Than a Bystander initiative led directly to the creation and implementation of the Canadian Football League's Policy on Violence Against Women in 2015  that applies to all CFL players, coaches, officials, executives and staff across Canada. The policy was developed in conjunction with anti-violence experts from the Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN). EVA CAN regularly delivers workplace training on gender-based violence to CFL teams across the country and acts as a permanent consultant to the CFL on critical incidents involving gender-based violence.

In a historic move, the CFL provided EVA CAN with space to feature a full page ad in their commemorative Game Day Program that called on all CFL fans to Speak Up and Be More Than a Bystander! A compelling PSA was also produced focussed on the importance of men speaking up and being more than a bystander. This PSA was featured on the jumbo screen in-stadium before the quarter-final and semi-final games leading up to the Grey Cup, and then highlighted at the 105th Grey Cup Game.

New Pilot Project:  Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault

EVA BC is excited to be embarking on a new pilot project funded by Department of Justice Canada,  Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault . This three-year project will provide independent legal advice and support for survivors of sexual assault in three BC communities:
  • Smithers/Hazelton, in partnership with Northern Society for Domestic Peace
  • Kamloops, in partnership with Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre
  • Abbotsford, in partnership with Abbotsford Community Services
In March 2018, lawyers and community-based support workers in each community are receiving specialized training on sexual assault and trauma-informed practice to aid them in supporting survivors in accessing and navigating the justice system. Through this project, sexual assault survivors in the pilot communities will have access to up to five hours of independent legal advice from a lawyer while also being connected to wrap-around supports and legal information from community-based support workers.

Look for more information about this pilot project in EVA BC's Spring edition newsletter.
New Small Project Funding Available: 
Compassion in Action Transferable Fund

EVA BC staff recently met with philanthropist Clasina van Bemmel
Philanthropist Clasina van Bemmel created the Compassion in Action Fund to support vulnerable women and children.
who has created the Compassion in Action Transferable Fund to support vulnerable women and children in BC who need help to meet their basic needs. The fund, administered by the Vancouver Foundation, is intended to support women and children of all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socio-economic status. 

Grants are available to organizations, rather than to individual women. Grant applications for up to $5,000 can be by made by all community organizations with registered charitable status that provide services to women and children in need. 

Application deadlines are March 15th and October 15th of every year. Applicants will be informed of funding decisions within six weeks of the deadline. The application and reporting processes are designed to be quick and simple.

For more information and an application form, please visit  https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/Compassion

Joint Domestic Violence Collaborative Sessions

EVA BC has again partnered with Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, and BC Society of Transition Houses to deliver six joint collaborative sessions in February and March 2018. 35 anti-violence workers and 35 MCFD/DAA workers are meeting in each session to learn about one another's practice. The question of "when to report" a child protection issue will be at the heart of the conversation, as well as guided sharing of each sector's practice of how risk is assessed and how safety plans are developed.

The sessions are designed to increase collaboration and strengthen the ways in which all service providers work together. Sessions are being held in Langley, Richmond, Prince George, Kamloops, Duncan and Fort St. John.

The Right to Say No:  Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi

Edited by Melanie Randall, Jennifer Koshan and Patricia Nyaundi
Marital rape stands at the intersection of the socio-legal issues arising from both domestic violence and sexual assault. For centuries, women who suffered sexual assault perpetrated by their spouses had no legal recourse. A man's conjugal rights included his right to have sexual intercourse with his wife regardless of whether she consented. This right has been recognised in law, and still is in some jurisdictions today.
This book emerges from the research undertaken by an innovative, multi-country, academic, collaborative project dedicated to comparatively analysing the legal treatment of sexual assault in intimate relationships, with a view to challenging the legal impunity for and inadequate legal responses to this form of gendered violence.

Find out more online at https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-right-to-say-no-9781782258605/