Speaking Engagements


Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter continues to share information and encourage discussions on ending violence against women. An important part of our work is public education and we endeavor to make ourselves available to the public to speak on the topic of violence against women. In our over 36 years of work operating our rape crisis line and transition house for battered women, we have accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge. We currently have collective members working on the lines and in the transition house who are prepared to speak on these topics and more:

  • Any form of violence against women including, rape, incest, wife abuse and sexual harassment
  • Why prostitution is violence against women
  • The trafficking of women into prostitution
  • How and why women escaping violence would benefit from a guaranteed livable income
  • The current state of policing in response to raped and battered women
  • Drug facilitated rape - what is it and how to support women who have experienced it
  • Date rape - what is it and how to support women who have experienced it
  • Fighting back against violence against women through Take Back the Night organizing
  • Why do anti-rape work?
  • Men's responsibility for attacks on women

We also have pamphlets, articles and videos on many of these topics for distribution and discussion.

We are a non-profit organization. All monies received go towards the operation costs of the center and shelter. We would appreciate an honorarium, however we will not refuse any group unable to pay.

Please call 604.872.8212 if you are interested in having us speak in your community, including jobsites, unions, community groups or women's centres.


Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Hospital Employees Union BiAnnual General Meeting
  • Pitt Meadows Highschool Staff
  • Feminist Legal Studies annual Lecture Series
  • Faculty of Nursing BSc.N. Program - Langara College
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Bridging Employment employment program for women
  • Surrey School District Grade 7 Girls Conference
  • Langara College Nursing Students


Oct 29, 2010

"...Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much for coming to our women's gathering. Your presentation was so good, so important..."

After a speak at the Women's Breakfast at the the 27th Biennial Convention of the Hospital Employees Union.

Margi Blamey, Communications officer
Hospital Employees' Union


October 2, 2006

Thank you so much for doing the "speak." The students were really engaged. They always appreciate straight forward talks with no bs. And it was great preparation for their internships, as well as opening their minds to future volunteer work.

... Your organization is a great role model. ... Thanks again, and it was great to meet you.

(from a university professor who asked us to speak on the topic of violence against women)


July 27, 2005

I would like to thank you and your organization for providing us with a speaker at our Understanding Sexual Harrassment and Violence Against Women workshop for our Volunteer Support Worker Trainees. As you know, every year we conduct training workshops for our new group of volunteers. Our training program owes its success to organizations like Vancouver Rape Relief, which generously donate their time and expertise to help our volunteers.

West Coast Domestic Workers' Association