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Since we opened in 1973, Vancouver Rape Relief has made significant efforts toward improving police response to women escaping male violence. Despite important formal equality gains, intense advocacy efforts, and more women reporting male violence to their local detachments, many troubling aspects of police response remain unchanged since the 1970s.
Despite abysmal conviction rates and internationally accepted criticism of the Canadian police system’s response to sexist violence, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter continues to support the small percentage of women who choose to call the police for help when escaping a violent man.
In this category you will find examples of past actions and current efforts to maintain pressure for a better police response for all women.
*If you are looking for information on how to make a police report regarding a specific incident or how to file a police complaint please refer to our website section marked, “Give and Get Help”.
Lest We Forget Sherry Herron and Anna Adams by Suzanne Jay