WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1982.
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre works to end all forms of violence against women. Guided by our feminist anti-oppression philosophy we challenge and change thinking, actions, and systems that contribute to violence against women. We provide all women who have experienced any form of sexualized violence with support and healing, and engage with youth to develop leadership for prevention of future violence.
WAVAW has always offered trans inclusive services for women and is currently working to expand services to all people who identify with any, some or all of the following: woman, trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and gender diverse.
A society where all women are free from violence.
- WAVAW values freedom of choice and respect for all individuals.
- WAVAW offers trans inclusive services for women and encourages all women to access our services.
- We integrate the principles of honesty, equality, integrity and respect into every aspect of our work.
- We value the opportunity to learn from the collective wisdom and experiences of women.
- We value the strength of relationships in our work and community service.
- Our practice is non-judgmental; we embrace diversity as it is essential to anti violence work.
- We are committed to each individual’s need for safety when accessing services.
- We are committed to quality service delivery and competency.
- We see opportunities to advocate and educate youth of all genders on the root causes of violence.
Click here to download WAVAW’s history of feminist service.
Click here to view WAVAW’s 30th Anniversary timeline.