“You are not alone” – a new public awareness campaign reaching out to immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence

The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH), in partnership with the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, SFU and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association is excited to announce the launch of the Building Supports Public Awareness Campaign, “You are not alone.”

This province-wide poster, video, TV and radio campaign reaches out to immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence, informing them about Transition Houses and how to access their support. Transition Houses and Safe Homes provide free shelter to women and their children experiencing violence in more than 100 communities across BC.

Joanne Baker, the Executive Director of BCSTH says: “Transition Houses and Safe Homes are so much more than just buildings. They are safe refuges that also provide all sorts of supports and referrals for women and children. We want immigrant and refugee women in particular to know that they are not alone and that safe shelters and services in BC welcome them””.

The need for this campaign arose out of the collaborative and community-based Building Supports project, focused on the barriers to housing for immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence. Violence against women remains a significant and prevalent issue and immigrant and refugee women often face additional difficulties in accessing support. These include language and cultural barriers, uncertain or precarious immigration status, isolation, fear of repercussions of disclosure, limited or lack of access to finances and lack of knowledge of their rights and available services. These barriers can prevent women from accessing the help that is available.

The “You are not alone” campaign addresses these concerns and educates the public about what Transition Houses and Safe Homes are and how to access them. It is a multi-lingual campaign in Farsi, Punjabi, Arabic, Mandarin and English and is taking place across the province during February and March of 2017. It includes posters in buses, bus shelters and in women’s washrooms across BC as well as video and audio Public Service Announcements broadcast on TV and radio stations.

For more information about the Building Supports “You are not alone” campaign, visit www.bcsth.ca/youarenotalone

To arrange for an interview or for more information please contact Hannah Lee at 604-669-6943 Ext: 221 or hannah@bcsth.ca

The BC Society of Transition Houses is a member-based, province wide umbrella organization that, through leadership, support and collaboration supports over 200 Transition, Second and Third Stage Housing programs, Safe Home programs, Children Who Witness Abuse programs and other groups serving the needs of women, youth and children who experience violence.

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