Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA

INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES

Law Enforcement

Program Name:

The Sister Watch Project

Organization/Community:

The Vancouver Police Department, Battered Women's Support Services, Aboriginal Front Door, February 14th Women's Memorial March Committee.

Location:

Vancouver, British Columbia

Website:

www.vpd.ca

Goals and Objectives:

To combat violence against women in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver and to make the neighbourhood safer for everyone who lives and works there.

Target Group Description:

Victimized women and girls of all ages and their families.

Program Description:

The Program is a partnership between the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and women's groups that seeks to increase the safety of women, by providing an enhanced police and community response service. The program has been responsible for the installation of emergency phones at strategic locations that women who lack phones can use when they are in need of assistance. The program has also benefitted the relationship the VPD has with the community of the Downtown Vancouver East Side through influencing policy changes in how front line emergency responders communicate with and treat victims and the general public.

Program Successes/Impact:

Influencing the modes of response the VPD uses when responding to emergencies. Greatly increasing public awareness of the problem of violence in the area.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

Gaining community trust in the Vancouver Police Department has been a challenge.

Program in operation since:

2010.

Program:

Ongoing.