This standing committee of community leaders, Vancouver Police Department representatives, and members from the Women’s Memorial March Committee, has the following goals:
- represent the views of women living and working in the Downtown Eastside (DTES)
- enhance community consultation between the VPD and the DTES community
- eliminate barriers and promote transparency
- strengthen relationships between the VPD and the DTES community
- provide education, cultural awareness, and events related to health and safety
- provide accurate information about violence against women
- share information relating to violence against women in the DTES
The SisterWatch committee aims to eliminate violence against women and girls in the Downtown Eastside, and to make the community safer for everyone who lives and works in Vancouver. The SisterWatch committee provides a setting where ideas and concerns are shared in a respectful manner. This collaborative committee follows Indigenous information-sharing practices to attain committee goals.
The SisterWatch Tip Line
Anyone with information about crimes against women, or any other matter affecting the safety of those in the Downtown Eastside, is encourages to call the 24-hour Sister Watch Tip Line at 604-215-4777.
If you wish to remain anonymous, and want to provide information about crimes against women, you can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Lunch with the Chief
Since 2014, Lunch with the Chief has been held four times per year, with upwards of 100 community members attending each luncheon.
Downtown Eastside residents can receive information, socialize, and share stories with front line officers and senior members of the VPD Executive.
The initiative is funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation, and is in partnership with the Carnegie Centre Society.