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Provincial Learning Event – Supporting Older Women in the BC Women’s Transition Housing and Supports Program
November 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) trains, supports, and advocates for the Women’s Transition Housing and Supports Program in BC. BCSTH supports 117 member programs in over 80 communities in the province, providing emergency safe shelter, housing, and specialized support services to women, children, and youth who are experiencing or who are at risk of violence, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
Abuse of older women is similar in many ways to violence against women who are in earlier stages of life. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can occur at any time in a woman’s life.
This webinar will provide an overview of the work of BCSTH, including our members’ housing portfolio and the housing and support services available to older women. Together, we will explore recent data that speaks to the increasing numbers of women ages 50+ who are coming into transition housing, and the common ground among our organizations that can ensure safe shelter and support services are coordinated and effective for all women.
Amy S. FitzGerald is the Executive Director and the former Director of Training & Programs at the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH). Previously, Amy was a policy analyst working on gender-based violence issues as they relate to coordinated community responses, the workplace, and transportation in rural and remote BC. She has been a public interest lawyer for over 20 years and served as the domestic violence Assistant Attorney General at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office working on unsolved homicides and domestic violence litigation, policy, training and legislation, as well as a Legal Services lawyer and Public Defender in Vermont and NYC. Amy was the founding chair of Vermont’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission, served on Vermont’s Child Fatality Review Team and the BC Coroner’s Service Death Review Panel reviewing Intimate Partner Violence Deaths from 2010 – 2015.
Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.