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FAQ

Does WAVAW work with men and boys?

Yes!

  • WAVAW’s Aboriginal youth programs are open to all genders: Sacred Footprints and Burnaby Custody Youth.
  • We deliver presentations and workshops in high schools all over the Lower Mainland.
  • We partner with educators of all genders to bring resources to classrooms, including our Raise It Up social justice curriculum.
  • We are supported by and foster community connections with donors and third party fundraisers of all genders.
  • Our Victim Services team works with male police officers and Crown Counsel to advocate for women survivors.
  • Our C.A.R.E. About Gendered Violence program works with students, administrators, instructors and staff members of all genders to create a campus anti-violence strategy at Vancouver Community College.
Does WAVAW support trans women?

Yes!  WAVAW offers services, employment, and volunteer positions to self-identified women.

What is WAVAW’s counselling style?

We do our counselling within a feminist, anti-oppression frame; we listen to women, acknowledging their resistance, reflect on the impact of violence on all aspects of their lives, and see violence against women in a social context. We meet women where they are at in their process and facilitate their journey in moving forward. We don’t believe it is necessary to remember and re-tell details of the traumatic experience in order to move forward and heal. Our aim is to support women from Trauma to Healing to Strength and Action.

Aboriginal women can also choose to access counselling at WAVAW that incorporates traditional Aboriginal healing approaches and traditions based on the Medicine Wheel and its focus on spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance.

Do our services cost money?
  • Our counselling and victim services programs are always FREE.
  • We are available to speak at marches and rallies that relate to resisting the root causes of violence.
  • Please contact us to inquire about the sliding scale for our educational outreach workshops and presentations.
Where does our funding come from?

More than 50% of our revenue comes from donations from our community of supporters.  We apply annually for funding for ALL our programs, as there are no continuing agreements.

What is our position on the sex industry?

There is a complexity and diversity of views among the staff at WAVAW, but there is strong agreement about the necessity of honouring all women, about the pervasiveness of sexist, racist and socio-economic oppression, and about the prevalence and seriousness of violence against women. We want to be an inclusive and accessible organization for all women, including those who work or have worked in the sex industry. Read our position paper: Stepping Out of the Binary.

Does WAVAW support women with HIV?

Yes, absolutely.  We understand the complexities of women living with HIV and the realities of sexualized violence.

What is WAVAW’s relationship with police?

WAVAW provides practical support, advocacy, information and accompaniment for sexual assault survivors considering reporting to police. We offer accompaniment and support during interviews with police and assistance in filing anonymous Third Party Reports. In 2013, WAVAW encouraged the police to speak out via the Don’t Be That Guy Campaign, and worked on a counter-exploitation project with members of the Vancouver Police Department. At the same time, we believe in holding the police accountable for brutality, violence against women, dismissing women’s concerns, perpetuating a culture of misogyny, and supporting the state in colonizing Indigenous land.


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