Surrey Women’s Centre Society received 5000 calls on domestic violence this year, most of them from women from a South East Asian and Indigenous background.
A spokesperson with the center said there needs to be more done to help women fleeing abuse that are from diverse backgrounds.
Allison Tanaka, with the center, said she’s glad that the public is becoming more aware of domestic violence against women following the #MeToo movement, but falls short when addressing new immigrant women.
“I think now what we should be focused on is the cultural differences,” said Tanaka.
“We’re seeing more referrals of women from the South East Asian Population.”
On Monday BC Premier John Horgan and Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity said they would be joining the UN in 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.