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Hot Off the Press: Five new translations of Live Safe, End Abuse

Our fact sheets on abuse and family violence have been thoroughly redesigned and updated. They’re now combined into a convenient single booklet, available in print and online in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, and Spanish. Live Safe, End Abuse is for people leaving an abusive partner. The booklet contains information on what abuse is, how people can plan for their safety and protect their children, and who can help. Topics include:

  • safety planning
  • women abused by their partners
  • keeping your children safe
  • men abused by their partners
  • protection orders
  • getting help from the police or RCMP
  • who can help?
  • if your sponsor abuses you
  • what to do about money
  • the criminal court process

This booklet replaces the Live Safe – End Abuse fact sheet series.

Clear Skies in Haida Gwaii
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One of the biggest advantages of our community partner program is that we get to hear from people across the province. BC is big and diverse and what works for a city of 100,000 people two hours from Seattle might not work for a community of 5,000 people two hours from Whitehorse. That’s a sentiment our community partners often, rightly, remind us of. Last year we decided to try something different; we developed a comic book (and video) called Clear Skies. It was a new approach for us, one that focused on using a story to explain the law. We hoped that as readers learned about Marnie and her kids and how they dealt with family violence, readers would also learn about the law.

This approach resonated with a lot of people, including Elizabeth, a literacy outreach worker and our community partner in Haida Gwaii. (Credit where credit is due: Elizabeth told us we should make comic books a while before we actually did.) When Clear Skies came out, Elizabeth went above and beyond.

One of the reasons Clear Skies resonates with people is because it tells a story they recognize. Elizabeth used that as a springboard, hosting a discussion group where people gathered to watch Clear Skies and talk about how it reflected their experiences. On a beautiful sunny evening, a group of 18 people (including educators, victim services workers, and people who help children who have witnessed abuse) sat down for a frank discussion about abuse.

The feedback from the session was great. People thought that the comic accurately represented family violence and humanized an intimidating process. That’s great to hear and what we were aiming for. What’s more important, though, is that we got to hear this feedback. An opportunity like this is hard for us to organize from our Vancouver office; even if we could get the same people to come out, we wouldn’t have the same rapport as someone from the community. That personal connection really makes a difference.

Thank you to Elizabeth for taking the initiative and setting this up. We hope we’ll have the opportunity to help with more sessions like this in the future.

Clear Skies wins Apex Award!
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We’re happy to share that Clear Skies has won an Apex Award! The Apex Awards is a world-wide competition for publication excellence. Clear Skies is a different approach to talking about the law for us. This graphic novel uses an engaging story and striking imagery to tell the story of Marnie and her kids, who live with family violence. With the support of her community, and by learning her legal options, Marnie leaves an abusive relationship. Clear Skies shows the human side of the legal process.

Clear Skies was a joint project with the Healthy Aboriginal Network. It recently won a Communicator Award as well. Congratulations and thanks go out to the entire team that made this project a reality!

Welcome to MyLawBC!
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Over the last year, you may have heard whispers about a new project we’ve been working on called MyLawBC. Today we’re happy to announce that MyLawBC has launched and is now ready to be used! What’s the big deal about MyLawBC? It’s a new way of delivering legal information; it’s interactive and focused on giving you information you can act on. Where many other legal websites are like a book, MyLawBC is more like a conversation. You answer a series of questions about your problem and the site creates an action plan for you. This plan covers the information you need to know, the first steps you can take to resolve your problem, the next steps you’ll need to take after that, and where you can get more help.

MyLawBC has information on separation, divorce and family orders, abuse and family violence, missed mortgage payments, and wills and personal planning. Only have a smartphone? No problem! These pathways work just fine on any mobile device.

The Dialogue Tool is another part of MyLawBC that we’re proud of. It helps couples who are splitting up create a fair and lasting separation agreement. It helps you and your spouse identify what’s important to you as you split up and provides you with an online platform and tools to work together on, as well as links to other services that can help, so that you can create a separation agreement you can download and print in the end.

This just scratches the surface; we’ll be talking about more in depth over the next few days. In the meantime, feel free to dive in yourself and see what the site has to offer!