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Effective immediately, Atira has set up a call-in line for women who need support over the course of this Coronavirus Pandemic. If you are self-isolating and need someone to talk to, if you have been laid off, are facing eviction or are low on medication or food, please call us and we will do our best to assist you. We may refer you to resources you are unaware of, resources in your neighbourhood, or assist you to complete your federal government benefits forms, or just listen.
We likely can’t fix everything, but we commit to doing our very best.
CEO Janice Abbott's Statement on Oppenheimer Park
“I have struggled with drafting this statement as Atira fully supports and recognizes the importance of the protest at Oppenheimer Park, and people’s right to safe, adequate and affordable housing. That said, the violence in and around the park has become impossible to ignore, especially as it relates to women. It is no coincidence that we decided to make this statement this week – Prevention of Violence Against Women Week. Atira Women’s Resource Society operates nine women-only programs in immediate proximity to Oppenheimer Park.
Over the past year, women have shared devastating stories about the violence they experience in the park. These include stories of rape, sexual assault, assault, being robbed, threatened, and coerced into doing things they have no interest in doing. Some have partners in the park and disclose being assaulted by their partners. There have been times when the violence has spilled into our buildings making women unsafe in their own homes.
We have witnessed women’s injuries including slashings, blunt trauma (e.g. assault with a baseball bat) and other forms of physical assault. Women are afraid to report to police as they are afraid of reprisals. Many no longer enter the park, one of only two green spaces in the Downtown Eastside. While we had all hoped for a resolution before now, one that included housing for everyone, we firmly believe that the current situation continues at the expense of women’s safety. This is not now, never was and must never be acceptable.”
Home Sweet Home
Did you know that every year Atira provides housing to over 1,500 women and children in the Lower Mainland?
Breaking Down Barriers
Atira’s housing is low barrier and accessible to all women, including women struggling with substance use, mental wellness, chronic health issues and/or other barriers that may interfere with their ability to secure and maintain safe, permanent, affordable housing.