Our Impact

StreetHabits has partnered with Shop For Good. 10% of all of our sales are donated to ShelterSafe (Women’s Shelter Canada), Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter and the CCGSD (Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity).

Shelter Safe (Women’s Shelter Canada)  

What is ShelterSafe.ca?

ShelterSafe.ca is an online resource for women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. They offer a clickable map to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope, and support rapidly.

Their objective is to ensure that women can seek safety when they need it. Sheltersafe.ca allows you to quickly identify a shelter in a specific geographic area along with its 24-hour emergency phone number. They want to ensure that women get the services they need as quickly as possible. Abused women are most at-risk of extreme violence when they are preparing to leave an abusive relationship. Women do not need to stay at a shelter to receive services, such as safety planning.

This resource is for women directly impacted by violence as well as for their concerned friends, family, colleagues, and employers. Sheltersafe.ca is an initiative of Women’s Shelters Canada.

Women’s Shelters Canada

Women’s Shelters Canada (formerly the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transitional Houses) is a network of 14 provincial and territorial shelter associations representing over 450 shelters across Canada. It works as a unified voice to collaborate, educate, and innovate for systemic change that ends violence against women, making Canada a model for safety in the world.

WSC does not provide direct services nor online support. Direct support can be obtained from all of the establishments listed on the sheltersafe.ca web site. Please contact them directly.

Contact
For information about sheltersafe.ca, please contact Women’s Shelters Canada at info(at)endvaw.ca . Please note that we do not provide online or direct supports.

More information at www.sheltersafe.ca

Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter

What they do and who they serve

Their services are available to all women who have experienced male violence including wife battering, incest, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and prostitution.

They are the longest standing rape crisis centre in Canada. Since 1973, their group has responded to close to 46,000 women seeking their support in their escape from male violence. Since they opened their transition house in 1981, they have housed over 3,000 women and over 2,600 children.

The operation of their rape crisis centre and transition house are forms of direct action, developed for women by women in the 1970s as a part of the second wave of the North American women’s movement. More than just providing immediate safety, they offer a place to group, analyze, strategize and fight back against male violence. 

In addition to their frontline work, they put a substantial effort into public education, as it’s an essential tool for social change. They are intentional in organizing public education events that are free, open and accessible to all.

They are also active in national women’s equality reforms. In the past few years they appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada as intervener in the case of the murder of Cindy Gladue; they conducted cross examinations and made oral and written submissions as a party with standing at the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls; and they spoke to the House of Commons and to the Senate of Canada on legislative reforms related violence against women.

They provide assistance to women and girls in prostitution who have been assaulted by johns, pimps or men pressuring them into prostitution. They provide assistance to women who are currently being prostituted, women who are trying to escape prostitution, and women who have been trafficked into prostitution. Their services for women and girls in prostitution include crisis line support, transitional housing, accompanying women to the police, and helping them find immediate relief when faced with a situation of violence.

They wish to abolish (end) prostitution because they understand prostitution as sexual exploitation and male violence against women. Prostitution normalizes the subordination of women. It exploits and compounds systemic inequality on the basis of sex, race, poverty, age and disability.

Their analysis of prostitution as a harmful patriarchal institution and their commitment to abolition is derived from, and reinforced by, the prostituted women who call us and the members of our own collective who have exited prostitution.

Women in the sex trade do not need to agree to their terminology, or their analysis, or  to exit the sex trade in order to receive their full services and complete support.

Being born female still means being trained, socialized and forced to submit to male domination. The fact that we are born female and raised as girls into adult women shapes our lives in profound ways.

Male violence against us is one harsh and common experience, but it is not the only way our lives are impacted by being born female. Our sexuality is controlled and manipulated — whether by punishing women for not being virgins, or by the promotion of pornography and BDSM as liberating expressions of women’s sexuality. Our reproductive ability is controlled and manipulated — whether through forced abortion and sterilization, pressuring women to get pregnant, or forcing women’s pregnancy through rape.

Being girls and women in this world often impacts both how we look and how we act in private and in public; what we are allowed to do, encouraged to do, and rewarded for; and also, what we are discouraged from doing, prohibited to do, or punished for.
And from that place, in a woman-only space, with other women—who have the shared experience of being born without a choice to the oppressed class of women—we come together to organize and strategize our resistance and our fight for all women’s liberation.

We know that people whose behaviour is not consistent with the patriarchal socially imposed definition of manhood or womanhood, including trans people, suffer discrimination and violence. Trans people deserve and must live in safety, and have the equal rights and opportunities that are promised to us all. While some of their core services are not open to people who do not share our life experience of being born females and raised as girls into our current womanhood, they have a collective commitment to see to the safety anyone who calls our crisis line, including trans people.

What They offer;

  • Peer Counselling
  • Grouping with other women
  • Advocacy with police
  • Accompaniment to a sexual assault exam
  • Housing for women and children escaping violence.

Contact

📞 604 872 8212 or TDD 604 877 0958

📧 info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca

More information at www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca

CCGSD (Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity)

Their Mission

To empower gender and sexually diverse communities through education, research, and advocacy. 

Guided by the goals of the communities in which they work, they undertake their mission with both empathy and compassion since it is what the communities they serve deserve.

Their Vision

A world without discrimination 

A world in which people can shape the decisions that impact their lives, enjoy freedoms, and navigate an equal world free of violence.

CCGSD will be a national force and partner of choice within the movement to end discrimination.

Their Values

CCGSD has commited to recentering the communities in which they work. In Their commitment to their diverse communities, they have deeply examined their individual and collective values and how to reflect these values in their work. They hold many values in esteem, but the Principles of Social Justice are the interrelated values at their core:

 Access; They are committed to ensuring that all people and communities have access to rights-based goods and services: education, healthcare, shelter, and food, among others;

Equity; They work to identify and eliminate societal barriers that prevent marginalized and oppressed individuals, peoples and communities from participating fully in society;

 Rights; They believe in and protect the civil, political, economic, cultural, and social rights of all people and communities.

Participation for all; They firmly declare that when rights-based or accessibility-related decisions will affect a person’s life, or a community’s well-being, that person or community needs to be included as a determining factor in the decision-making process.

Contact

📞 613-400-1875

📧 support@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

More information at www.ccgsd-ccdgs.org