It is under male oppression that women recognize the need to organize and gather together to create rape crisis centres, transition houses and women centres — women only spaces. Consciousness raising gave us our collective voice. Grouping with women who share the same life experience in women-only space is still our most valuable tool to redefine, validate and guide our struggle for our own liberation.

On Women-Only Space

Discrimination Against Women in the Name of Inclusion: A Statement From Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter (March 2019)

Bill C-16: Vancouver Rape Relief's Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (May 2017)

Why Women's Spaces are Critical to Feminist Autonomy by Patricia McFadden (Published on Isis International, Accessed on August 2014)

Sustaining Our Resistance to Male Violence: Attacks on Women's Organizing and Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter by Lee Lakeman (Published in Canadian Woman Studies, Vol 25, No 1-2, 2006)

Feminism in the Transition House by Pauline Funston (Published in Canadian Woman Studies, Vol 20, No 3, 2000)

Christmas Eve in the Transition House by Lee Lakeman (December 2000)

 

Nixon vs Rape Relief Society 

Chrononology of Events Kimberly Nixon vs Vancouver Rape Relief Society (1995 - 2007) Read

Transcripts of Excerpts from Proceedings - Kimberly Nixon vs. Rape Relief (December 2000 - January 2001) Read

Rape Relief's Summary of Key Evidence by Issue (January 2001) Read

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter Legal Argument Part 1 (January 2001) Read

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter Legal Argument Part 2 (January 2001) Read

Nixon v. Vancouver Rape Relief Society: arguments Before the BC Human Rights Tribunal Read

Summary of Human Rights Tribunal Decision in Nixon vs. Rape Relief Society (January 2002) Read

Vancouver Rape Relief's Petition to BC Supreme Court for Judicial Review (June 2002) Read

Argument of Petitioner Vancouver Rape Relief to BC Supreme Court (July 2003) Read

BC Supreme Court (BCSC) Reasons for Judgement Vancouver Rape Relief Society v. Nixon (December 2003) Read

BC Court of Appeal (BCCA) Reasons for Judgement Vancouver Rape Relief Society v. Nixon (December 2005) Read

Vancouver Rape Relief Society v. Nixon 2005 BCCA 601 Summary of Decision (December 2005) Read