National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (2024)

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Join us for a special 3-day event hosted by VLMFSS to observe National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week!

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ May 13th – Virtual Event
๐Ÿ“ Online

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ May 14th – Tommy Douglas Library
๐Ÿ•’ 10am – 1pm
๐Ÿ“ 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ May 15th – Bob Prittie Metrotown Library
๐Ÿ•’ 11am – 2pm
๐Ÿ“ 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

We’ll be sharing valuable information and resources. Come join us in raising awareness and supporting victims and survivors of crime.

Virtual Event for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2024

VLMFSS has been proudly supporting immigrant and refugee women since 1991. This year we are hosting a three-day event series โ€“ and we thank you for joining the virtual component of the event. We invite you to scroll below for a message from our team and explore the various resources, toolkits and information that is available to raise awareness of cyber crime and its prevention.   

A Message from VLMFSS team!

Introducing One Tap Away Chatbot, a student-led project funded by the 2023-24 SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition and VLMFSS. The Chatbot will entail promoting a trauma-informed interactive technological aid, specifically a chatbot, equipped with comprehensive directory of local resources tailored for students who may be at risk of or have experienced gender-based violence (GBV). This project targets post-secondary students in the Lower Mainland, particularly those with vulnerable immigration status in Canada, such as refugees or international students on study permits. These individuals may lack the knowledge and support networks necessary to seek help, and may also face apprehension in navigating service barriers due to their immigration status.

Enhancing Wellness- M4Y project, a groundbreaking 5-year research initiative led by the Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMFSS). Generously funded by the Ministry of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Canada, this project aims to delve into the unique challenges faced by immigrant women and youth who have experienced violence and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the project is to identify impacts and highlight coping strategies of immigrant women and youth at the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and family/gender-based/intimate partner violence. The research will inform the development of an interactive app to enhance safety, mental health and crime prevention.

For more information: Enhancing Wellness- M4Y

Dr. Balbir Gurm introduces the Healthy Relationship Toolkit developed by Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR). This toolkit project, is aimed to provide awareness and information on healthy relationships, recognize signs of relationship violence, and offer guidance on how to respond to and support those experiencing violence. The project is specifically designed for children and youth.

Technology has transformed the way we connect, create, and communicate, but unfortunately, it has also become a tool for harm. Gender-based violence facilitated by technology is a pressing issue affecting individuals worldwide. This video sheds light on this phenomenon, aiming to raise awareness and ignite conversations on how we can collectively combat it. Join us in the fight to create a safer, more inclusive digital world for all.

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Let's work together to end family violence

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