November 19th, 2021

Participants needed for study investigating COVID-19 and intimate partner violence

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) are conducting a research study about Indigenous women’s experience of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) during the COVID-19 pandemic and how easy or difficult it is for them to access culturally safe services and resources.

You can share your experiences through one or both options:

An anonymous on-line survey.
A confidential (phone or online) one-hour interview with a trained IPV support worker who will talk to you about how the COVID-19 pandemic public health measures (e.g., social distancing, loss of employment, closure of schools and organizations, etc.) have influenced your experiences of intimate partner violence. We will ask you about any barriers and opportunities you have experiencing in accessing services that might support you.

Are you eligible?

Indigenous women (First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit), cis-gendered; trans-gendered; Two-Spirit,
Over the age of 19,
Living off-reserve in BC and, have experienced IPV during the COVID-19 pandemic, and,
Has tried to access, or has accessed, supports, services or resources


$25 VISA gift card for survey participation
$100 VISA gift card for interview participation

If you would like to complete the survey please email:

If you would like more information or to participate in an interview, please call or text: Summer-Rain Bentham, Manager of Indigenous Women’s Programs, BWSS, at or 604-652-1867.