Unique partnership launches video to stop violence against women

The Government of British Columbia, Encana and the Ending Violence Association of B.C. (EVA BC) have partnered to create and launch a new training video that brings the successful “Be More Than a Bystander” campaign aimed at ending violence against women to the resource industry.

“At EnCana and across the industry, the health and safety of our workers is our number one priority,” Richard Dunn, vice president, government relations Encana said. Be More Than a Bystander is an educational and awareness campaign that addresses violence against women and girls by providing tools and practical ideas about how to communicate that violence is not acceptable.

EVA BC produced the 30-minute video. The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour and Encana each contributed $20,000 for video development. The resource sector is an important part of the provincial economy employing thousands of British Columbians. This training video will help new workers in the sector:

  • identify risks and respond appropriately to violence against women;
  • learn about respect for each other to foster safe and healthy workplaces; and
  • raise awareness that the effects of violence against women are not limited to the home.

EVA BC is a registered provincial charity that provides support and training for more than 240 programs throughout B.C. that work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. EVA BC spearheaded the Be More Than a Bystander partnership with the BC Lions Football Club, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Status of Women in Canada and Encana Corporation in July 2011.

Working with WorkSafeBC, the Government of British Columbia has made addressing violence in the workplace a priority, including bullying and harassment.  Watch the trailer for the video below: