Older Immigrant Women: Surviving Violence, Calling for Change

Project Status: Completed
Project Contact: Krista James
Telephone Number: 604-822-0564
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In collaboration with Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society, the CCEL has launched a new Older Women’s Dialogue Project tool development group for older immigrant women living in the Vancouver area who have survived violence or abuse.

The Older Women’s Dialogue Project explores:

  1. What are the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women?
  2. What can we do to address these barriers to quality of life for older women?


We are working with this group of women to assist them to identify a pressing barrier to their quality of life that they share that is linked to their experiences of violence or abuse. We will then work with the women to develop a tool to take action on this issue. The women decide how they want to take action for change. Past groups have developed videos, petitions, fact sheets, post card campaigns and workshops.

Group meetings feature discussion of legal and policy issues, presentations on law and service topics chosen by the women, and onsite legal advocacy and information provided by an advocate, victim assistance worker or lawyer. Legal information is provided by Seniors First BC.

Video – No Voice

(With Subtitles)

(Without subtitles)

Older Immigrant Women survivors of abuse share their experiences of how the family law system failed them.

This video was created by immigrant women survivors of abuse with the support of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) and the Vancouver Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMMFSS) and funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

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